Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Collins’ background is in special education /pupil services. She has been a school psychologist, administrator of special education/pupil services, regional program director, and director of the Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team at the WI Department of Public Instruction. Currently residing in Chapel Hill, NC, she is the founding Director of Grant Writing & Initiatives at Northcentral University where she also teaches special education courses, as well as serves as dissertation chair and SME, for the School of Education. Dr. Collins received her BA in Psychology from St. Olaf College, MSE and licensure in school psychology from Butler University, and licensure as an administrator of special education/pupil services from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Most recently (after 2061 days from starting her very first doctoral course!) she completed her PhD in Exceptional Student Education from Northcentral University. Her dissertation focused on identifying factors influencing the attitudes of middle school students with and without disabilities toward physical education and activity. She was awarded the 2013 Dissertation of the Year. Dr. Collins started at Walden in 2020.