Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S
Murphy-Petersen Behavioral Health Fellow
Crystal has been working with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavior disorders, and substance abuse since 1991 when she started out as a mental health technician while studying undergraduate psychology. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and her doctorate in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. Crystal’s areas of expertise includes addiction, adolescent brain development, prevention programming, independent living skills training, parent coaching, and training new clinicians.
Crystal’s dissertation focus was the creation of a comprehensive prevention model to teach the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to children, teens, and parents which was selected for the 2015 Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. In addition, Crystal teaches counseling skills and addiction classes as an adjunct professor and was awarded the Torch Bearer of the Year award in 2018 by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.
As the Murphy-Petersen Behavioral health fellow, Crystal will write a high-risk behavior prevention guide for parents, develop a prevention video series, conduct research on Alternative Peer Groups, and continue to educate the community regarding how a variety of high-risk behaviors can turn into addiction and effect healthy neurodevelopment. Crystal and her husband enjoy traveling and cuddling with their three cats.
Dr. Collier’s Publications:
● Collier, C, Davison, J. & Onwuegbuzie, A.J. (2017). Mixed Methods Study of Multiple High-Risk Behavior Prevention Program on High School Students. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, Inaugural Special Issue. http://ijmra.org/index.php/2017/09/06/inaugural-special-issue/
● Collier, C, Onwuegbuzie, A. J., LaChapelle, A. & Davison, J. (2016). Effects of a Comprehensive, Multiple Risky Behavior Prevention Program on High School Students. Journal of Addiction, vol. 2016, Article ID 9545847. doi:10.1155/2016/9545847 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5031878/
● 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