Lisa Collins, Ed. D

Lisa Collins

Assistant Professor with Term

Rogers Hall 309, MSC: 84

Lisa Collins received her EdD from Lewis & Clark. Her scholarship has focused on racial trauma and in her dissertation she conducted an autoethnography of the experiences of a Black female educator in predominantly white districts. Dr. Collins has 27 years of experience in education, including both building and district-level leadership. Her consultation work and presentations have focused on wellness for equity, trauma awareness and response, and culturally responsive school leadership.

Personal Statement

Lisa is a professional who provides healing frameworks to a world in need. Dr. Collins specializes in racial healing for people of color and non-people of color. She utilizes her life coaching from Conscious Freedom and spirituality to provide acceptance and space for connectedness and oneness in a world that needs it so much.

Areas of Expertise

Racial Healing, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Developmental Individual Relationship Model (DIR), Racial Healing Life Coaching, Organizational Culture  

Current Research

Racial Healing: A Consciousness Journey Through Autoethnography (2021)


Love of Light: A Guide to Peace and Oneness, Archway Publishing 2022


Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Seaside Conference, June 2022 How to Lead With Culturally Responsive Leadership During a Pandemic- Case Study Breakout Session with Salem Keizer School District
Association of Black Researchers Conference, National Black Researchers Week Resources and Research Trauma-Informed Panel, June 2022 
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) Summer and Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) guest lecturer,  Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience 2, May 2022
BIPOC Night Wellness Talkback Facilitation, Portland Playhouse, Titus Andronicus, March 2022
Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, Poster Session, Dr. Lisa Collins, and Dr. Muhammad Khalifa with Salem Keizer School District. Case Study: How Racialized Lived Experiences and Culturally Responsive School Leadership Supported School District’s Organizational Development in Equitable Practices, March 2022
TEDx Talk Healing From Racial Trauma, March 2022


Wellness As The Foundation of Community Keynote, Oregon City School District Family Focus Forum, February 2022
Equity Summit 2022 Rising Together, Panelist Virtual Conference, Exploring the Intersection of Race, Equity and Mental Health,  February 2022
Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, Poster Session, How to Build Communities of Support for BIPOC Educators”, April 2021


Equity Wellness in Challenging Times, Oregon City Equity Conference, January 2021


Wellness for Challenging Times in Post Secondary, Portland State University, January 2021

Academic Credentials

EdD, Education in Leadership. Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.