• Doctorate in Counselor Education, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 2013
  • Master’s in Clinical Psychology, University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, 1999
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Neb., 1993

Addiction, Adolescent Brain Development, Prevention Programming & Research, Psychology, Counselor Education, Youth Recovery, Parent Coaching.

Director of the Behavioral Health Institute


Courses Taught

  •  Addictions
  •  Marriage & Family Therapy
  •  Counseling Skills & Modalities

Professional Certifications and Memberships

  •  Shame Resilience Group Facilitator
  •  Connections
  •  Brené Brown & Kids Camp Facilitator
  •  Betty Ford Kids Camp

Community Service and Volunteer Work:

  • 2014-current Association of Alternative Peer Groups, Secretary
  • 2012-current Teen and Family Services, Research Advisory Board Member
  • 2010-2013 The Prevention Researcher, Advisory Board Member

Research Interests

  • Prevention Science
  • Alternative Peer Group
  • Counseling Integration

Selected Works


  • Prevention Science: Sustaining Lasting Change.” Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition 2015, Summit. Lifeworks. Austin, Texas, November 2015.
  • 2014 ACA Ethics Update. Houston Licensed Professional Counselors Association, Houston, Texas, November 2015.


  • Nash, A.J. & Collier, C. (2016). The Alternative Peer Group: A developmentally appropriate recovery support model for adolescents. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 27 (2).
  • Collier, C. (2014, March). Impact of Trauma and Resiliency on Addiction, Recovery Today.
  • Collier, C., Hilliker, R., & Onwuegbuzie, A. (2013, November). Alternative peer group: A model for youth recovery. The Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery.
  • Collier, C. & Henriksen, (2012, December 10). Teachers’ perceptions of a universal, multiple high-risk behavior prevention program. The Qualitative Report, Volume 17, Week 50.
  • Collier, C., Simpson, S., Najera, J., & Weiner, L. (2012, December). Peer influence and recovery. The Prevention Researcher, Volume 19.
  • Collier, C. (2012). Counseling in Costa Rica: A comparative study. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. doi: 10.1007/s10447-012-9167-3