Karen Collins

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-0361
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 107, Durham, NH 03824
Karen Collins in Kinesiology

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.

Education

  • Ph.D., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, University of New Hampshire
  • A.B., Sociology, Princeton University

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology
  • KIN 565: Principles of Coaching
  • KIN 650: Internship in Sport Studies
  • KIN 693: Teaching Assistantship
  • KIN 696: Independent Study
  • KIN 699: Honors Project
  • KIN 741: Social Issues in Contemp Sport
  • KIN 765: Advanced Topics in Coaching
  • KIN 950: Internship

Selected Publications

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.