||Kathryn S. Collins is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network SAMHSA funded Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center and Principal Investigator of Trauma Education Connections Initiative. The focus of her academic career centers on social justice, disparities in access to trauma based mental health services, and developing trauma focused social work interventions for vulnerable and oppressed populations such as minority children, women, and families surviving poverty and chronic violence in the inner city. Currently, she is the co-developer of Trauma Adapted Family Connections, a trauma informed neglect prevention intervention. Her commitment to the field is long standing with over 18 years of community based clinical social work practice with children and families. She has numerous publications and has been the PI or Co-PI on state and nationally funded research. She has earned an extramural research award in the NIH, National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities for her research focusing on children from minority communities and their exposure to community violence. Further, she brings her research scholarship, practice and life experience to the classroom where she has received several teaching awards across three university settings. Dr. Collins earned her BSW from Mars Hill College, NC, MSW from Tulane University, and PhD from the University of South Carolina.