Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education
Brian Collins is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and works to support bilingual education and emergent bilinguals. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University, an M.A. from Middlebury College, and a B.A. from New England College.
Courses Currently Teaching at Hunter:
➢ Foundations of Bilingual Education (BILED 701)
➢ Language Assessment for English Language Learners (BILED 717)
➢ Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching (BILED 771)
Dr. Collins’ research focuses on the dual language development of children of immigrants in the U.S. and how language competences interface among dimensions of children’s social, psychological, and academic well-being. His research gives careful consideration to contextual factors in the home and school environment and factors unique to children of immigrants. Dr. Collins is a Co-Investigator on the Harvard Project on Child Language and Developmental Psychiatry (CLDP) which follows over 200 bilingual Latino children in 16 elementary public schools from kindergarten to second grade. Findings from this study have important implications for young Latino children and demonstrate multiple strengths and successful/adaptive pathways, as well as academic and social-emotional problems related to language proficiency. In addition, Dr. Collins is an Associate Investigator on New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB), a collaborative CUNY project funded by the NYS DOE to support the educational achievements of emergent bilinguals in New York City schools. Dr. Collins is committed to connecting his research to educators, clinicians, and specialists who work with bilingual children of immigrants.
Collins B. A. (2014). Dual language development of Latino children: Effect of instruction program type and the home and school language use. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(3) 389-397 doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.04.009.
Collins B.A., O’Connor, E, Suárez-Orozco, C. & Nieto-Castañon, A., Toppelberg, C.O. (2014). Dual language profiles of Latino children of immigrants: Stability and change over the early school years. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35(03). doi:10.1017/S0142716412000513.
Koles, B, O’Connor, E. & Collins, B.A. (2013). Associations between child and teacher characteristics and quality of teacher-child relationships: The case of Hungary. European Journal of Teacher Education 21(1): 53-76 doi:10.1080/1350293X.2012.760337.
Toppelberg, C., Hollinshead, M., Collins, B.A., & Nieto-Castañon, A. (2012). Cross-sectional study of unmet mental health need in 5-7 year old Latino children in the United States: Do teachers and parents make a difference in service utilization? School Mental Health, 1-11.10.1007/s12310-012-9089-6
O’Connor, E., Collins, B.A. & Supplee, L. (2012). Behavior problems in late childhood: the roles of early maternal attachment and teacher–child relationship trajectories. Attachment & Human Development; 14 (3), 265-288. doi: 10.1080/14616734.2012.672280
Samson, J., & Collins, B. A. (2012). Preparing all teachers to meet the needs of English language learners. Center for American Progress. Washington, DC
Collins, B. A., Toppelberg, C.O., Suárez-Orozco, C., O’Connor, E. & Nieto-Castañon, A. (2011). Cross-sectional associations of Spanish and English competence and wellbeing in Latino children of immigrants in kindergarten. International Journal of Sociology of Language 208 (2011) 5-24.
O’Connor, E., Dearing, E., & Collins, B. A. (2011). Teacher-child relationship and behavior problem trajectories in elementary school. American Educational Research Journal 48(1): 120-162. doi: 10.3102/0002831210365008
Toppelberg C.O., Collins, B. A, (2010). Language, Culture, and Adaptation in Immigrant Children. Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America 19(4):697-717
Toppelberg C.O., Collins, B. A. (2010) Institute Notebook, The New Kids in America: Immigrant Children. New York, NY: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Collins, B. A, (2010). Dual Language Competences and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Children of Immigrants (doctoral dissertation) (Publication no. UMI 3404536).
Sirin S., Roger- Sirin L., & Collins, B. A. (2010). A measure of cultural competence as an ethical responsibility: Quick Racial and Ethical Sensitivity Test, Journal of Moral Education (39) 1
Sirin, S. R. & Collins, B. A. (2009). The Partnership for Teacher Excellence: NYU Research Component. Final Report to the Petrie Foundation. New York, NY: New York University.
Collins B. A., (2007). Preparing Teachers for Culturally Diverse Schools: Research and the Overwhelming Presence of Whiteness [Abstract]. SAGE Race Relations Abstracts, Noguera P. Ed. (32) 3
Toppelberg C.O., Collins, B. A, (2003). Constructing a language: A usage-based theory of language acquisition. By Michael Tomasello. Cambridge, MA, US: Harvard University Press, 2003. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 43(10):1305-1306.