Tina Adkins, Ph.D.

Tina Adkins, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Tina Adkins, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and is the director of the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy. Adkins has worked her entire career in the field of child welfare. She began as a child protective services worker and went on to become a counselor and then specialize in attachment and child development. She went to London to learn about cutting-edge, child-welfare interventions and obtained two of her degrees from University College London and the Anna Freud Center. For her dissertation, she worked with Central Texas foster parents to create a practical, promising intervention for foster and adoptive parents called “Family Minds.” She has an MA in Counseling from Texas State University, an MS in Developmental Psychoanalytic Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychoanalytic Studies from University College London (UCL).

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Child welfare, attachment, child development, foster care.


  • Ph.D., Psychoanalytic Studies, University College London
  • M.S., Developmental Psychoanalytic Psychology, University College London
  • M.A., Counseling, Texas State University



John W. Hargis Hall (JHH)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1823 Red River St. 1.206
STOP F0100
Austin, TX 78712