Dr. Collins is originally from Buffalo, New York. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2013 where she has studied at the University of Pittsburgh since. Dr. Collins earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2017, Master of Science degree in Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease in 2018, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Exercise Physiology in 2021. Her dissertation researched the relationships between obesity, weight loss, physical activity, and aspects of brain health including cognitive function and gray matter volume.
In pursuit of her research interests focused on the effects of exercise on cognition and the brain, Dr. Collins joined the BACH Lab as a postdoctoral associate in 2021. Her work is currently focused on actigraphy data.
Outside of the lab, Dr. Collins enjoys cycling and running, in addition to hiking with her dog, Winnie.