Susan Collins


Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 353
Phone: (509) 335-0680


Classes Taught

I am teaching the clinical and community class in the spring semester

Research Interests

-substance use assessment and treatment development and evaluation

-community-based participatory research

-methods in clinical psychology

“I am a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Codirector of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center. I founded the latter with my colleague, Dr. Seema Clifasefi, at the University of Washington, where I also hold affiliate faculty positions in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. With my recent move to WSU, I seek to expand our work in the HaRRT Center our to Eastern Washington to support people who use substances, their communities, and the agencies that serve them. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with WSU students and colleagues as well as Spokane-based clinicians and meet new communities, collaborate on research, and further develop treatment and programming options for people who use substances.

I have been involved in substance use research, assessment and treatment for over 2 decades and have disseminated work on these topics in over 60 book chapters, abstracts and peer-reviewed articles. I typically work in multidisciplinary research and clinical teams that include people with lived experience of substance use to develop and evaluate interventions that aim to reduce substance-related harm and improve quality of life for people who use substances and their communities. As integrated teams, we can work in more traditional psychology settings as well as in medical centers, neighborhood clinics, and community-based agencies. My vision is to co-create with communities and clinicians a toolbox of harm reduction interventions that empower individuals to reduce their substance-related harm and improve their quality of life.”

Dr. Collins will be recruiting a graduate student for Fall 2020 admission to the Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

Recent Publications:

  1. Collins, S. E., Nelson, L. A., Stanton, J., Mayberry, N., Ubay, T., Taylor, E. M., . . . the HaRT-S Community Advisory Board. (in press). Harm reduction treatment for smoking (HaRT-S): Findings from a single-arm pilot study with smokers experiencing chronic homelessness. Substance Abuse.


  1. Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L., Nelson, L. A., Stanton, J., Goldstein, S. C., Taylor, E. M., . . . Jackson, T. R. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of Harm Reduction Treatment for Alcohol (HaRT-A) for people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorder. International Journal of Drug Policy, 67, 24-33.


  1. Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L., Stanton, J., The LEAP Advisory Board, Straits, K. J. E., Gil-Kashiwabara, E., Rodriguez Espinosa, P., Nicasio, A. V., Andrasik, M. P., Hawes, S. M., Miller, K. A., Nelson, L. A., Orfaly, V. E., Duran, B. M., & Wallerstein, N. (2018). Community-based participatory research (CBPR): Towards equitable involvement of community in psychology research. American Psychologist, 73, 884-898.


  1. Collins, S. E., Orfaly, V. E., Wu, T., Chang, S., Hardy, R. V., Nash, A., Jones, M. B., Mares, L., Taylor, E. M., Nelson, L. A., & Clifasefi, S. L. (2018). Content analysis of homeless smokers’ perspectives on established and alternative smoking interventions. International Journal of Drug Policy, 51, 10-17.


  1. Grazioli, V. S., Collins, S. E., Paroz, S., Graap, C., & Daeppen JB. (2017). Six-month outcomes among socially marginalized alcohol and drug users attending a drop-in center allowing alcohol consumption. International journal on drug policy, 41, 65-73.


  1. Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L. & Lonczak, H. (2017). Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD): Program effects on recidivism. Evaluation and Program Planning, 64, 49-56. doi: 1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.05.008


  1. Clifasefi, S. L., Collins, S. E., Torres, N. I., Grazioli, V. S., & Mackelprang, J. L. (2016). Housing First, but what comes second? A qualitative study of resident, staff and management perspectives on single-site Housing First program enhancement. Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 845-855.


  1. Collins, S. E., Jones, C. B., Hoffmann, G., Nelson, L. A., Hawes, S. A., Grazioli, V. S., Mackelprang, J. S., Holttum, J., Kaese, G., Lenert, J., Herndon, P., & Clifasefi, S. L. (2016). In their own words: Content analysis identifying pathways to recovery among homeless individuals with alcohol use disorders. International Journal of Drug Policy, 27, 89-96.


  1. Collins, S. E., Duncan, M. H., Smart, B. F., Saxon, A. J., Malone, D. K., Jackson, T. R., & Ries, R. K. (2015). Extended-release naltrexone and harm reduction counseling for chronically homeless people with alcohol dependence. Substance Abuse, 36, 21-33. doi: 1080/08897077.2014.904838


  1. Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L., Dana, E. A., Andrasik, M. P., Stahl, N. E., Kirouac, M., et al. (2012). Where harm reduction meets Housing First: Exploring alcohol’s role in a project-based Housing First setting. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23, 111-119. doi: 1016/j.drugpo.2011.07.010.


  1. Collins, S. E., Malone, D. K., Clifasefi, S. L., Ginzler, J. A., Garner, M. D., Burlingham, B., et al. (2012). Project-based Housing First for chronically homeless individuals with alcohol problems: Within-subjects analyses of two-year alcohol-use trajectories. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 511-519. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300403