Cathie Atkins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs, College of Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside 1981
Health care, disease prevention, health promotion and behavioral/social epidemiology
Cathie Atkins is a proud alumna of San Diego State University where she earned both a BA in Psychology and an MS in Clinical Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. degree in 1981 in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. As a behavioral scientist with many interests, Cathie focused her research efforts on the application of social learning theory to issues in health care, disease prevention, health promotion and behavioral/social epidemiology.
After completing her degree, she was appointed to a research position as an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego and also served as a lecturer in Psychology at SDSU. She has participated in the development and execution of many successful National Institutes of Health grant applications and is an author on over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
In 1988, Cathie joined the SDSU faculty in the College of Health and Human Services where she was promoted through the ranks to Professor in the Graduate School of Public Health. In 1993, Cathie was lured back to her roots in the College of Sciences to serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Professor of Psychology and later, Associate Chair of Psychology. Cathie has been honored with numerous teaching and advising awards. In 2001 she was appointed as the Associate Dean in the College of Sciences (COS).
Since 2004, Cathie has held a joint appointment in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (COS/DUS) where she directs the People, Information and Communication Technologies (pICT) faculty development program supported by the Qualcomm Institute for Innovation and Educational Success. She finds her background in psychology and her love of teaching is very relevant for helping faculty integrate principles of learning and cutting edge teaching technologies to re-design their courses to address 21st century student learning.
Cathie has had a long-standing commitment to the development of diverse and under-represented student talent. She is a recognized leader in developing programs to promote academic excellence among students who come from underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. At the national level she has served as a study section member for the National Institutes of Health Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program and as a regularly appointed site visit/panel reviewer for the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program and for the Minority Access to Research Careers Program (MARC). Since 1989 Cathie has been the PI and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded undergraduate Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) training grant at SDSU.