Cyleste Cassandra Collins
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1438
 Phone: 216-687-4571
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1438, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
health disparities, poverty and health inequities, interpersonal violence, domestic violence, family violence, cultural models, cultural consensus model, refugee health, family homelessness, housing stability, housing first, community-based participatory research, community engaged research, academic/community partnerships
Ph.D., Social Work, The University of Alabama, 2005
M.S.W., Social Work, The University of Alabama, 2005
M.A., Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, 1999
B.A., Psychology, University of California Riverside, 1995
Brief Bio:
Dr. Collins earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Alabama in 2005. She holds an M.A. in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara (1999), and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California Riverside (1995). Her practice experience has been primarily in the areas of violence against women, institutional children's services, social service administration, and HIV/AIDS services and prevention. Dr. Collins' teaching interests are in social work research and evaluation, social policy, program planning, management and administration in human service organizations, diversity and discrimination, and family violence.

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Collins has been involved in research in a number of areas, including substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, perceptions of discrimination, rural health disparities, HIV and AIDS, the experiences of urban children and adolescents living in housing projects, homeless families, families experiencing foreclosure, refugee health, university/community partnerships and community-engaged research, infant mortality and low birthweight in African American families, and the impact of paid sick leave. Dr. Collins' dissertation used theory and methods from cognitive anthropology to examine human service professionals' cultural models of domestic violence.
Teaching Areas:
Research Methods, Social Policy, Theories of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Health Disparities, Political Economy of Health, Evidence-Based Practice, Evaluation of Clinical Practice
Professional Affiliations:
Council on Social Work Education
Society for Social Work and Research
Society for Applied Anthropology
Professional Experience:
Affiliated Faculty, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University
University Service:
CSU Institutional Review Board (2017-), member
CSU School of Social Work Assessment Committee (2016-), chair
CSU School of Social Work Curriculum Committee (2019-), member
CSU School of Social Work Awards Committee (2020-), chair
CSU School of Social Work Hiring Committee (2020), member
Professional Service:
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Board Member)
Child Welfare
Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
Families in Society
Field Methods
Housing Studies
Human Organization
Journal of Family Violence
Journal of Mixed Methods Research
BMC Health
2011-2013 Faculty Partner, Partners in Evaluation, Education, and Research (PEER), Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
2006 Session Chair, 52nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Chicago, IL
Abstract Reviewer, The Policy Conference, American Evaluation Association (Empowerment and Participatory and Qualitative TIGs)
Grant Proposal Reviewer, Great Lakes Regional Prevention Council of the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF), Cleveland, OH.
Community Service:
Consultant, Pregnant with Possibilities Resource Center
Consultant, Birthing Beautiful Communities
2013-present Member, Center for Reducing Health Disparities Community Partnership Committee
2014-present Member, Center for Reducing Health Disparities Community Review Board