Kristina Collins

At-Large Member, NAGC Board of Directors
Texas State University

Kristina Henry Collins, Ph.D., is the core faculty for Talent Development at Texas State University, San Marcos. She is also a Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Institute Faculty Research Fellow whereby she serves as the NASA STEM EPDC (Educator Professional Development Collaboration) Research and Strategic Projects Specialist.

Dr. Collins boasts more than 25 years of teaching and leadership experience in various educational settings, PK-20. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in educational psychology at The University of Georgia where she also earned an Ed.S. degree, specializing in gifted and creative education (GCE) with an add-on certificate in educational administration and policy leadership; a M.S.Ed. degree in mathematics from Jacksonville State University with an add-on certificate in technology education from the Georgia Piedmont Technical Institute; a B.S. degree in Engineering from The University of Alabama; and a military diploma in cryptology and electronic surveillance with the United States Navy. 

Dr. Collins’ research foci include social, emotional, and cultural (SEC) contexts of gifted and talent development; STEM identity development in underrepresented students; and mentoring across the lifespan. Dr. Collins is the proud recipient of the 2011 Mary Frasier Equity and Excellence Award presented to her by Georgia Association of Gifted Children (GAGC) for her work in advancing educational opportunities for under-represented students in gifted education. 

In addition to serving on the NAGC board, Dr. Collins is the president-elect of the Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted, Inc. (SENG) board, and she serves on the advisory committee for the G-Word Film documentary. Dr. Collins previously served in several other NAGC roles, including awards chair of the Special Populations Network, a member of the Diversity & Equity Committee, and a mentor to the Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholars. Dr. Collins founded the East Metro Alliance for Gifted Education (EMAGE), and she was its first executive director. 

Among other services to the field, Dr. Collins is as a nationally trained research-based mentor-facilitator (NRMN), and she offers presentations and training related to the following:

  • Gifted Endorsement Professional Development & Continuing Education
  • Gifted & Talent Education (GATE) Orientations, Parent and Community-Based 
  • Social Emotional and Cultural (SEC) Contexts of Talent Development
  • Multicultural Curriculum Development for Depth and Challenge (Formal, Informal, and Non-formal Delivery)
  • Cultural Fluency and Awareness in Mentoring Across the Lifespan
  • Cultural Responsive STEM Talent Development
  • STEM Identity Development