- M.A. in Clinical Psychology — The University of Texas Permian Basin, 2006
- B.A. in Psychology — Sul Ross State University, 2003
Collier taught several different courses in a variety of contexts, including face-to-face, online, hybrid, dual-credit and floating at sea on U.S. Navy ships. She is also a polygraph examiner who works primarily with convicted sex offenders and a few cheating spouses. Collier is a licensed professional counselor who has worked in psychiatric hospitals.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
Introduction to Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Lifespan Psychology; Senior Seminar
What do you want your students to learn in your classes?
In Intro, I hope students get a taste of the major areas of psychology and are able to apply their merits in everyday life. In Abnormal Psych, I want students to understand disorders and how to recognize and treat them. In Lifespan, I hope students recognize the changes and similarities that we experience as life passes us by. In Senior Seminar, the goal is to wrap up a degree in psychology by examining and implementing research processes in a way that is relevant to the student.
In every course I teach, I hope students are able to grow as individuals in character and understanding, and relate material to themselves in a way that improves overall quality of life, while they move closer to achieving their goals.
Why did you start teaching?
I enjoy my life best organized in semesters. As a student, I found that I loved psychology and I had a desire to share it with others in my own way. Teaching was not my first choice for a profession, but I found it to be the one that came most naturally to me and was most enjoyable.
What's the best advice that you could give your students?
College is a good time to figure out why you believe what you believe. Ask lots of questions. Don't just seek information; seek to understand who you are.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in psychology?
In the clinical field, it is essential to simultaneously be compassionate and assertive.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the psychology profession face today?
With regard to understanding people, we know so little and have such a large task ahead of us.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
"Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.
I love the one-on-one conversations I have with my students; it may be my favorite part of the job. I'm fairly introverted and I stay busy, so I don't always take the time to strike up those conversations myself. However, I hope students feel free to approach me and discuss whatever is on their mind.