Linda Collins Receives Career Research Award
November 9, 2017
Congratulations to Methodology Center Director Linda Collins, recipient of the 2017 Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development. This award is given to a faculty member who has "made outstanding research contributions to the field of health and human development across a major portion of her career." Linda is being recognized for her work on optimization of interventions and development of latent class models.
Linda has been a professor in the College of Health and Human Development and Director of The Methodology Center since 1994. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 5), the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Society for Prevention Research. Previously, she has served as the president of both the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology and the Society for Prevention Research. In 2011, she received the Pattishall Award for Outstanding Research Achievement from the College.
Linda has always sought to integrate cutting-edge research methods and high-quality behavioral research. She is the driving force behind the development of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), an engineering-inspired framework for developing and optimizing behavioral, biobehavioral, and biomedical interventions. Earlier in her career, Linda developed latent transition analysis (LTA), a longitudinal extension of latent class models for detecting hidden subgroups within a population.
The award was presented at 3:30 pm on November 15, 2017 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park Campus of Penn State University. Again, congratulations to Linda for this well-earned honor!