Tina Adkins, Ph.D.

Tina Adkins, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Tina Adkins, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor and part of the research team at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. She 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 traveled 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. Her dissertation work involved working with Central Texas foster parents and creating a practical promising intervention for foster and adoptive parents called “Family Minds.”

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