Tina Adkins, MA, MS, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor at the Steve Hick’s School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Tina conducts research around attachment-based and psychoanalytically informed interventions for parents and families. She had developed a short psychoeducation intervention for foster/adoptive parents (Family Minds) that most recently was the subject of a randomized controlled trial. Results are very promising that this will become an Evidenced-Based Practice. Tina is currently writing a grant to adapt, deliver and evaluate the Family Minds parenting intervention with military families, which is to be conducted at Ft. Hood Army Base. Working with military families is a particular passion for Tina, given she is a military brat herself.
Tina’s research interests also include helping improve and inform child welfare practices, designing and evaluating preventative interventions for families, and parenting strategies that improve the mental health of adults and children. She is also interested in developing practical measures for assessing parents and families. Presently, she is working on the validation of a 5-minute speech sample that identifies the reflective functioning of parents. Tina regularly collaborates with international researchers and is working closely with colleagues from London, including the Anna Freud Center.
Tina earned a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1992, an MA in Professional Counseling in 1999 from Texas State University, an MS in Developmental Psychoanalytic Psychology in 2006 and a PhD in Theoretical Psychoanalysis from University College London in collaboration with the Anna Freud Center of London.