About Dr. Collier

Honoring the name of a prominent practitioner, Dr. Maxie T. Collier, lends prestige and honor to a scholars program designed to increase the number of minority professionals in the field of Mental Health.

Maxie Collier graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in psychology in 1967. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1977. Dr. Collier began his private practice in 1980 where he offered his expertise in the areas of family therapy, individual psychodynamic therapy, and forensic psychiatry. In 1987, Dr. Collier became the Chief of Psychiatry for the Johns Hopkins Health Plan where he was responsible for the management and supervision of mental health services including outpatient treatment, inpatient admission, and rehabilitative services.

Dr. Collier sat on numerous boards and committees, including the Baltimore City Medical Society Board of Directors, Baltimore Urban League Executive Board, Congressman Benjamin Cardin's Health Advisory Committee, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

In addition to his many professional activities, Dr. Collier was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Collier created "The Baltimore Project," a novel prenatal care project aimed at reducing infant mortality and future unwanted pregnancies. He established the Baltimore City Health Consortium, which acts as a resource for health care partnerships, and the Health Expo intended to recruit high school juniors and seniors into the field of health. Dr. Collier also created an office of Minority Health to conduct research and education and to orient Baltimore Health Department services to better serve minorities. From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Collier served as the Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, a cabinet level appointee of the Mayor.

Prior to his unexpected death in April of 1994, Dr. Maxie T. Collier was President of Spectrum Development Services, Inc. and in addition provided consultative services for the Green Spring Mental Health Services, Inc.