Karen Collins

Karen Collins

Interim Chair, Kinesiology
Phone: (603) 862-0361
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 107, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Collins is the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. An expert in coach development and coaching education, coaching philosophy, and leadership development, Dr. Collins joined the UNH Faculty in 2002. In addition to her faculty role at UNH, Dr. Collins has served as the Sport Studies Program Coordinator, College of Health and Human Services Faculty Fellow for Teaching Excellence, and a Sport Psychology Consultant for the Department of Athletics. A recipient of the CHHS Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Collins has recently added the science of learning in coaching education to her research related activities. In addition to her current role as Chair of Kinesiology, Dr. Collins directs a Leadership Development Program for female-student athletes. Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Collins coached collegiately at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and UNH, as well as in the youth development program for USFHA. Most recently, she was named to the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) National Advisory Board. Dr. Collins has a doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, MS in Kinesiology from UNH, and an AB in Sociology from Princeton University.

Courses Taught

  • KIN 696: Independent Study
  • KIN 696W: Independent Study
  • KIN 699H: Honors Project
  • KIN/SML 841/741: Social Issues in Contemp Sport
  • KIN/SML 841/741W: Social Issues in Contemp Sport
  • KIN/SML 865/765: Advanced Topics in Coaching
  • KIN/SPST 841/741: Social Issues in Contemp Sport
  • SPST 645: Leadership in Sport


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, UNC- Greensboro
  • M.S., Kinesiology, University of New Hampshire
  • A.B., Sociology, Princeton University

Selected Publications

  • Collins, K. E., Overson, C. E., & Benassi, V. A. (2020). Team-Based Learning in a Coaching Education Course: Impact on Student Learning. JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION, 39(1), 28-35. doi:10.1123/jtpe.2018-0223

  • Collins, K., & Barcelona, R. (2018). Keep ‘Em Playing: Strategies for Building Positive Sport Experiences. Strategies, 31(5), 8-14. doi:10.1080/08924562.2018.1490231

  • Collins, K., & Barcelona, R. (2014). Youth sport coaches' perceptions of the usefulness of a statewide coaching education program. Applied Recreation Research and Programming Annual, 4, 1-30.

  • Collins, K. (2012). Strategies for Using Pop Culture in Sport Psychology and Coaching Education. Journal of Physical Education Recreation & Dance, 83(8), 20-31. doi:10.1080/07303084.2012.10598824

  • Collins, K., Barber, H., Moore, K., & Laws, A. (2012). The First Step: Assessing coaching philosophies of preservice coaches. The ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, 6(2), 21-29.

  • Collins, K., Gould, D., Lauer, L., & Chung, Y. (2009). Coaching Life Skills Through Football: Philosophical Beliefs of Outstanding High School Football Coaches. International Journal of Coaching Science, 3(1), 29-54.