PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Lifespan Specialization, Iowa State University,
MA, Gerontology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
BS, Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), University of California, Los Angeles, CA
2015-present, Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Colorado School of Public Health, Denver,
2005-present, Program Coordinator, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
2001-Present, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
2000-2001, Instructor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Research/Areas of Interest
Individual development within a life span context
Attachment relationships in later life
Grandparents raising grandchildren
Volunteering in later life
Quality of life related to social policy and aging network services
(2013) Collins, S.M., Wacker, R. R., & Roberto, K. A. Considering quality of life
for older adults: A view from two countries. Generations, 37(1), 80-86.
(2009) Keith, P., Wacker, R., & Collins, S. Family influence, resistance, efficacy
in use of services in family elder care. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52, 377-400.
(2004) Crull, S. R., & Collins, S. M. Adapting traditions: Teaching research methods
in a large class setting. Teaching Sociology, 32, 206-212.
(2003) Collins, S. M. Attachment, social support and loneliness in later life. Doctoral dissertation, Iowa State University, Ames.
(2014 – September). Collins, S. M., & Wacker, R. R. Our World Growing Older – Insights from a US and Swedish Comparison of Community Support
Services. Live Webinar . American Society on Aging.
(2014 April). Collins, S. Online and out the door: Teaching about community resources for older adults in an
online format. Resource Exchange presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology
in Higher Education, Denver, CO.
(2011 April). Collins, S. & Aspromonte, J. A community task force for grandparents raising grandchildren: You are not alone. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society on Aging, San Francisco.
(2010 November). Karlin, N. J., Weil. J., Collins, S., Adams, M, & Fruhauf, C. Understanding disparities among Hispanic and White non-Hispanic Caregivers. Poster presented at the 63rd annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society
of America, New Orleans, LA.
(2010 March). Jarrott, S., Freuhauf, C. & Collins, S. Do you dare? Administrative opportunities, responsibilities and challenges in academia. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Gerontology in Higher
Education. Reno, Nevada.
(2009, July). Wacker, R., Collins, S., & Keith, P. (July, Paris). Attitudinal barriers toward use of community resources. Poster presentation at the 21st annual meeting of the International World Congress
of Gerontology and Geriatrics.