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About Kerry Collins

Dr. Kerry Collins is a clinical psychologist at the Children's Hospital (LHSC) researching the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), especially regarding children with anxiety and mood disorders such as depression.

Children's Health Collaborators: Julie Eichstedt

Dr. Collins also studies healthcare optimization with a long-term goal of standardizing risk and wait time evaluation for teens requiring mental health services, as well as developing apps to engage youth struggling with mental health.

Clinical interests
(1) Evidence-based assessment and treatment of complex internalizing difficulties (e.g., anxiety and comorbid difficulties, school avoidance) in children and adolescents. CBT for anxiety and related disorders (e.g. depression) in group and individual format, motivational interviewing, DBT and parent/family interventions. (2) Client populations are children and adolescents ages 6-17, as well as their families. (3) Primary theoretical approach is CBT and adaptations (e.g. transdiagnostic CBT), with options for both diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments.

Topics for workshops, seminars
School avoidance in children/adolescents; Anxiety disorders in children/adolescents; CBT or transdiagnostic CBT with children/adolescents; Learning disabilities in children/adolescents

Type of clinical practica
Advanced intervention, Advanced assessment

Types of clients
Child; Adolescent

Individual; Group; Family

Theoretical orientation
Cognitive behav.; Behavioural; Cognitive; Family systems; DBT, Motivational interviewing

Types of client problems
ADHD, Learning disorder, Tic disorder, PTSD, Adjustment disorder, OC & related disorders, Anxiety disorders, Depressive disorders, Gender dysphoria, Personality disorders, Somatic symptoms & related disorders

Type of supervision you can provide
Student describes case; Review audiotape with student; Co-therapy/Co-interview

Research interests
Management of childhood anxiety disorders in public sectors. Waitlist interventions for anxiety including the use of mobile technology for enhancing service delivery; CBT for anxiety and depression.

Professional and Academic Experience
Dr. Kerry Collins has been a clinical psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program since 2003.
Dr. Collins has extensive training, clinical experience, supervision, and research publications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), with credentialing as a CBT therapist through the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT-ACTCC).

Research Group: Mental Health
Research Interest Area: Mental health and behavioural disorders

Research Overview
My research interests and collaborations focus on identifying timely and effective strategies for reducing wait times for children’s mental health services, focusing on the treatment of emotional disorders such as anxiety, OCD, and depression.
Projects include evaluation of a standardized triage tool for prioritizing children’s needs based on urgency, increasing access to evidence-based treatment through implementation of a GET-CARE Clinic, as well as e-mental health applications to engage and prepare adolescents for mental health treatment.
Additional research interests center on understanding the effective components of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for the prevention and treatment of anxiety disorders and depression.

Keywords: Treatment intervention, childhood emotional disorders, Wait list intervention


Present Adjunct Professor, Western University Department of Psychology
Present Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute ‐ Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI)
Present Clinical Psychologist, London Health Sciences Centre ‐ Children's Hospital
Present Lecturer, Western University Department of Psychiatry


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