Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, was invited to present an all-day workshop on the “Social Norms Approach to Promoting Healthy School and Community Environments” for the Northwest Schools and Communities Collaborative in Pennsylvania on March 7. He conducted the workshop at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. More than 150 school superintendents, principals, teachers, counselors, and community health agency staff from the region attended his presentation.
Perkins, co-director of the HWS Alcohol Education Project, has been called the father of social norms and has published extensively on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse in young adults. He is the editor of a new book on social norms, called “The Social Norms Approach to Preventing School and College Age Substance Abuse.”
Perkins has delivered over 250 guest lectures and keynote addresses both in the United States and internationally. He acts as a consultant in schools nationwide, and his research has been cited by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and Time Magazine.