Linda Collins
Linda M. Collins, PhD
CDUHR - Co-Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU School of Global Public Health - Professor
NYU School of Global Public Health - Director, Intervention Optimization Initiative
PhD, Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California
BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut
Research Interests
HIV, Multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), Experimental design, Research methods, Substance use, Prevention, Intervention science, Cancer prevention and control
Linda Collins’s interests are focused on development, dissemination, and application of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), an engineering-inspired methodological framework for optimizing and evaluating behavioral, biobehavioral, and social-structural interventions. The objective of MOST is to improve intervention effectiveness, affordability, scalability, and efficiency, balancing these strategically to achieve intervention EASE.  Dr. Collins has collaborated on research applying MOST in a range of areas, including HIV, smoking cessation, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and weight loss. She is also collaborating on development of methods for optimizing interventions for cost-effectiveness, and on improvement of methods for optimization of adaptive interventions.  Her research has been funded by NIDA, NIAAA, NCI, NIDDK, and NSF. Dr. Collins’s publications have appeared in journals in the behavioral science, methodology, medicine, and engineering fields.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Prevention Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and has been President of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and the Society for Prevention Research.  Among the honors she has received are a Fulbright Specialist grant, the President’s Award from the Society for Prevention Research, and the 2020 Valkhov Chair from Radboud University Medical Centre in The Netherlands.
Principal Investigator, Optimized Chronic Care for Smokers: Developing and Implementing Integrated Clinical and Systems Intervention in Primary Care – Optimization Core. Active
Principal Investigator, Using MOST to Optimize an HIV Care Continuum Intervention for Vulnerable Populations. Completed


Strayhorn JC, Collins LM, Vanness DJ (2023).
A posterior expected value approach to decision-making in the multiphase optimization strategy for intervention science
Psychological Methods [Epub 2023 Apr 13]. doi: 10.1037/met0000569.

Erickson ML, Allen JM, Beavers DP, Collins LM, ...Sparks LM (2023).
Understanding heterogeneity of responses to, and optimizing clinical efficacy of, exercise training in older adults: NIH NIA workshop summary
Geroscience, 45 (1), 569-589. doi: 10.1007/s11357-022-00668-3. PMCID: PMC9886780.

Bernstein SL, Dziura J, Weiss J, Brooks AH, Miller T, Vickerman KA, Grau LE, Pantalon MV, Abroms L, Collins LM, Toll B (2023).
Successful optimization of tobacco dependence treatment in the emergency department: A randomized controlled trial using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy
Annals of Emergency Medicine, 81 (2), 209-221. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2022.08.018. PMCID: PMC9868063.

Cluesman SR, Gwadz M, Freeman R, Collins LM, Cleland CM, Wilton L, Hawkins RL, Leonard NR, Silverman E, Maslow CB, Israel K, Ritchie A, Ory S (2023).
Exploring behavioral intervention components for African American/Black and Latino persons living with HIV with non-suppressed HIV viral load in the United States: A qualitative study
International Journal for Equity in Health, 22 (1), 22. doi: 10.1186/s12939-023-01836-3. PMCID: PMC9886533.

Miller TR, Johnson MB, Dziura JD, Weiss J, Carpenter KM, Grau LE, Pantalon MV, Abroms L, Collins LM, Toll BA, Bernstein SL (2023).
Cost-effectiveness of smoking-cessation approaches in emergency departments
American Journal of Preventive Medicine [Epub 2023 Jan 27]. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2023.01.006.


Collins LM (2018).
Optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, and biomedical interventions: The multiphase optimization strategy (MOST).
New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-72205-4.

Collins LM, Kugler KC (Eds.) (2018).
Optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, and biomedical interventions: Advanced topics.
New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-91775-7.

Collins LM, Kugler KC, Gwadz MV (2016).
Optimization of multicomponent behavioral and biobehavioral interventions for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS
AIDS and Behavior, 20 (Suppl 1), 197-214. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1145-4. PMCID: PMC4715714.

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