Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, and David Craig, professor of chemistry, presented a workshop on “Using Social Norms to Prevent Bullying in Middle Schools” at the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools National Conference in Washington, D.C., on August 9. The theme of the conference was “Creating and Maintaining Conditions for Learning.”
In their workshop, Perkins and Craig described their work on an intervention reducing bullying in five New Jersey middle schools and the evidence of its success. Perkins also presented an overview of another social norms intervention in an Ithaca middle school and his analysis of data demonstrating a positive impact compared to control sites.
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. He is co-director of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Alcohol Education Project.
In addition to his teaching duties, Craig is co-director of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Alcohol Education Project and is principle investigator of a program of BAC research at HWS. He is a leader in interdisciplinary program development particularly in the integration of the sciences into programs focusing on health and wellness at both the college and secondary school levels and has published numerous publications and a recent film on this subject.