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Brian Collin

Part-Time Instructor    

Moral judgment development, early childhood education, data methodology and analysis, parent relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood


I am a Charlotte, NC native who relocated to Atlanta in November 2015 to work for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) as a Research and Policy Analyst. DECAL licenses all the child-care facilities in state and runs both the Georgia’s Pre-K and Quality Rated child-care programs. In my role with DECAL, I lead survey research projects, focus groups, and conduct analyses with administrative data to inform policy decisions.

Prior to working with DECAL, I received my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama in December 2014. My doctoral research emphasized relationships between parents, adolescents and emerging adults, and their impact on cognitive moral development. My dissertation focused on the types of information that college students voluntarily share with parents, the information they keep secret, the reasons they share or do not share, and how they handle the situation if parents ask.

My earlier research highlighted the relationships between parental divorce and cognitive moral development. My paper on “Parental Divorce, Race, and the Moral Judgment Development of Female College Students” was awarded Best Paper of the Division of Human Development and Counseling at the 2013 Mid-western Educational Research Association Conference. In the paper, I was able to identify that parental divorce may have a different relationship to cognitive moral development for African American and Caucasian females. In a separate paper that was published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage in 2014, I was able to identify cross-sectional differences between freshmen and sophomore college students in the relationships between parental divorce and cognitive moral development.

Following my doctoral studies, I worked as a research consultant where I worked on projects with various consulting firms that addressed issues such as channeling one’s inner fear voice, gender and office politics, and organizational change management. During this time, I also worked as a part time Psychology Instructor, where I taught a variety of courses including Psychology 101, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and the Psychology of Adulthood and Aging.


Collin, B. (2014). The Effects of Parental Divorce on the Moral Judgment Development of Freshmen and Sophomore College Students. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage , 55 (2), 139-144.