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Assistant Professor

B.A. University of California, Riverside M.A. California State University, Chico Ph.D. Michigan State University

Office: UW1-135
Phone: 425-352-3594
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


My teaching is guided by one underlying philosophical principle – teaching and mentoring must be paired with the practical application of theoretical ideas to promote a high level of learning, critical thought, empowerment, and active engagement among students. This framework strives to engage students in critical thinking and awareness of larger community and societal issues while simultaneously teaching them the theoretical processes that underscore social issues.

Additionally, I utilize practical activities, community engagement, and innovative teaching methodologies (e.g. “flipping the classroom”) as a means to enhance the understanding of my students. I view engagement and learning as “multi-centered” such that each individual (student and teacher alike) contributes to the overall knowledge of the classroom. Indeed, I attempt to make my classroom a place where the rising tide lifts all boats.

Finally, I use the lived experiences of each person in the classroom, including my own, to enrich the classroom context across diversity. I firmly believe that the academy is a place where dialogue begins, not where difficult conversations go to die.

Courses Taught

BIS 315: Understanding Statistics
BISCP 343: Introduction to Community Psychology
BIS 393: Social Networks
BIS 483: Community Organizing
BPOLST 502: Statistics for Policy Studies


My research seeks to answer the question: in what ways do individuals and communities engage collectively with the goal of addressing social and community change? This focus has led to several research projects currently underway that focus on understanding the relationship between relational aspects of community life and the ability of those relationships to potentiate collective action processes. As such, this interest has manifested primarily in understanding the relationships both within and between community action organizations and how these relationships can facilitate collective action processes. As such, I am currently leading a multi-faceted research project to specifically investigate these issues.

The Activism Project

The Activism Project is a research and action project designed to understand how social and professional relationships of activists and community organizers can enhance their ability to influence social and community change. Specifically, I am interviewing activisms and organizers across Puget Sound to understand the ways in which power in created, how citizens can become engaged in social change efforts, and how organizations and communities can enhance individual and collective efforts.

For students interested in joining the project, please email me directly (

Selected Publications

Collins, C. R., Neal, Z. P., & Neal, J. W. (Forthcoming). Transforming Social Cohesion into Informal Social Control: Deconstructing Collective Efficacy and the Moderating Role of Neighborhood Racial Homogeneity. Journal of Urban Affairs.

Collins, C. R., Neal, J. W., & Neal, Z. P. (2014). Transforming Individual Civic Engagement into Community Collective Efficacy: The Role of Bonding Social Capital. American journal of community psychology54(3-4), 328-336.

Langhout, R. D., Collins, C. R., & Ellison, E. R. (Forthcoming). Examining Relational Empowerment for Elementary School Students in a yPAR Program. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Neal, J. W., Janulis, P., & Collins, C. R. (2013). Is Community Psychology too Insular? A Network Analysis of Community Psychology Journal Citations, Journal of Community Psychology, 41(5), 549-564.

Foster-Fishman, P. G. & Collins, C. R., & Pierce, S. J. (2013). An Investigation of the Dynamic Processes Promoting Citizen Participation, American Journal of Community Psychology, 51(3-4), 492-509.

Yang, E., Foster-Fishman, P. G., Collins, C. R., & Ahn, S. (2012). Testing a Comprehensive Community Problem-Solving Framework for Community Coalitions,Journal of Community Psychology, 40(6), 681-689.