Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, was recently invited to address two conferences in England attended by school and community health professionals. On May 21, he gave a keynote address titled “Is Everybody Doing It? Misperceptions of Risk Behaviour and the Social Norms Approach to Promoting a Healthy School Environment” at the Rotherham Healthy Schools Annual Conference in Sheffield, England.
On May 22, he was the leader for the “Darlington and Middleborough Teenage Pregnancy Social Norms Master Class” held in Darlington, England. It was a daylong workshop on expanding and applying the social norms model to a variety of risk behaviors, and in particular, issues of sexual risk-taking. This conference was sponsored by the National Health Service County Durham and Darlington.
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.