Ciara Collins

Ph.D., Prevention &

Early Intervention

Entered the Program: 2013

Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA

Previous Education:

  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Connecticut, 2015
  • B.A., Psychology, Biola University, 2010

Research Interests:

  • Well-being for children and youth in foster care
  • Caregiver training for kinship caregivers and non-kin foster parents
  • Family dynamics of foster care

Advising Committee:

Major Advisor: Dr. Preston Britner

Associate Advisor: JoAnn Robinson

Associate Advisor: Beth Russell

Degree Milestones:

March, 2018 – Comprehensive Exam

Assistantship Experience:

  • Evaluation of Local Head Start/Early Head Start Programs (Nov 2013-Present, Project Manager)
  • Teaching Assistant for Family Life Education and Family Resource Management (Aug 2018-Present, Teaching Assistant)
  • Evaluation of ACT program (Aug 2016-May 2018, Project Manager)
  • Qualitative Evaluation of FatherWorks Program (Aug 2016-Dec 2016, Research Assistant)
  • Evaluation of UConn First Star Academy (Aug 2015-May 2016, Project Manager)
  • Crossover Youth Project (May 2015-May 2016, Project Manager)


  • Summer Fellowship for Advanced Graduate Students, University of Connecticut, Jun 2017, May 2018
  • CLAS Dean’s Fund Fellowship, University of Connecticut, May 2016
  • Graduate School Fellowship, University of Connecticut, May 2016
  • Tuition Assistance Award, University of Connecticut, Aug 2013 – May 2014