Shane Collins, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Collins (he/him/his) is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist whose clinical focus is the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

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More about Shane Collins, MD

Dr. Collins discovered his interest in psychiatry during medical school. He observed that mental health and behavioral issues were often at the root of the medical illnesses he was seeing in medical school. He enjoyed listening to patients and learning about their stories and found that psychiatry meshed well with his background in the social sciences. He has long been passionate about dismantling social stigma around mental illness and addiction, and he felt that psychiatry was the area in medicine where he could have the most meaningful impact.

His working style with patients is collaborative and relational. He sees patient as a whole person, rather than just a presenting psychiatric problem. He strives to understand their unique strengths and personal challenges and explores how their social environment is contributing to their mental health. His aim is to meet each of his patients where they are at and develop a strong therapeutic alliance to support and empower them while working together to find relief from their symptoms and achieve a healthy, happy life.

He is excited to offer state-of-the-art treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray to his patients. Mental health disorders, such as depression, cause immense suffering and Dr. Collins recognizes that sadly, many people do not fully respond to traditional treatments. He feels fortunate to live in a time when novel treatments such as TMS and esketamine nasal spray have been developed, and he is passionate about increasing access to these potentially life-changing treatments.

Personal Interests

Dr. Collins moved to Los Angeles in the summer 2021 and he really enjoys the abundant sunlight, beautiful beaches, cultural diversity, amazing food, and easy access to nature in LA. Outside of work, he likes to spend time skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking, camping, or just relaxing with family and friends at the beach. He also plays guitar and loves going to concerts.

Education & Experience

Dr. Collins completed his Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.

He completed his Master of Science in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco.

He received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, when he also completed his Residency in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

He completed a Public Psychiatry Fellowship through the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and continues to work with the APA on mental health policy and patient advocacy issues.

He has enjoyed caring for patients from a wide variety of backgrounds and in a number of different settings. He has had the privilege of forming meaningful relationships with patients with an array of personal identities and lived experiences, including folks from the LGBTQI+ community and folks from a diversity of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • Member, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
  • Member, Southern California Psychiatric Society
  • Member, Washington State Psychiatric Association
  • Member, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Publications

Collins, S. P., McMahan, V. M., & Stekler, J. D. (2017). The impact of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) use on the sexual health of men who have sex with men: a qualitative study in Seattle, WA. International Journal of Sexual Health, 29(1), 55-68.

Koester, K. A., Fuller, S. M., Maiorana, A., Steward, W. T., Zamudio-Haas, S., Xavier, J., Safon, C., Collins, S.P., Morin, S.F., & Myers, J. J. (2016). Implementing multi-level interventions to improve HIV testing, linkage-to-and retention-in-care interventions. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 27(3), 1234-1251.

Hazelton, P. T., Steward, W. T., Collins, S. P., Gaffney, S., Morin, S. F., & Arnold, E. A. (2014). Policymakers Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Low-Income HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Settings. PLoS ONE, 9(3), e90306.

Koester, K. A., Collins, S. P., Fuller, S. M., Galindo, G. R., Gibson, S., & Steward, W. T. (2013). Sexual healthcare preferences among gay and bisexual men: a qualitative study in San Francisco, California. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e71546.

Collins, S. P., Goldenberg, S. M., Burke, N. J., Bojorquez-Chapela, I., Silverman, J. G., & Strathdee, S. A. (2013). Situating HIV risk in the lives of formerly trafficked female sex workers on the MexicoUS border. AIDS Care, 25(4), 459-465.

Steward, W. T., Koester, K. A., Collins, S. P., Maiorana, A., & Myers, J. J. (2012). The essential role of reconfiguration capabilities in the implementation of HIV-related health information exchanges. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 81(10), e10-e20.

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