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Dr. Rebecca Collins

Dr. Rebecca Collins

Rebecca Collins (Ph.D., Social Psychology, UCLA 1989) is a Senior Behavioral Scientist and Director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program at the RAND Corporation. Her research examines the determinants and consequences of health risk behavior. Several of her recent projects focus on the effects of media on health among children and adolescents. She was Principal Investigator for a national longitudinal study that explored associations between media use and adolescent sexual attitudes, behavior and health (funded by NICHD). The study produced groundbreaking evidence linking exposure to some types of sexual content in the media and adolescent sex. Collins was also key investigator for an NIAAA-funded longitudinal study of the effects of alcohol advertising in media and in community settings on underage drinking. She was recently a member of the American Psychological Association taskforce investigating the sexualization of young girls in the U.S.; one focus of the taskforce is media. Dr. Collins has published a number of studies of adolescent risk, focusing on sex and on substance use in this population, as well as studies of sexual risk behavior in various samples of young adults in the U.S. Her second area of study involves various aspects of living with HIV-infection.

Dr. Collins is a member of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, serves on the RAND Human Subjects Protection Committee, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Self and Identity. Dr. Collins was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia before joining RAND in 1995.

Read more about Dr. Collins at the RAND Corporation website.