Professor of Sociology Wesley Perkins was invited to be a guest speaker at the “Taking Control” Council on Addiction Prevention and Education’s Spring Conference in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., earlier this month. The conference was attended by health educators and psychologists in regional secondary schools and colleges as well as physicians, addiction counselors, and law enforcement personnel in the Dutchess County area. Perkins’ presentation was titled “Social Norms: What Are They—What Do They Mean for Our Kids, Their Families and Our Communities?“
Perkins is a graduate of Purdue University, and he received his M.A., M. Div., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the author of dozens of journal articles about substance abuse prevention and has been honored with national awards for his work in preventing alcohol and drug abuse in colleges and universities. His work with Professor David Craig is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a premiere model for substance abuse prevention.