Research Presentations at Professional Conferences

H. Wesley Perkins, Ph.D.


"Impact Assessment of a Multi-Site Social Norms Intervention Targeting Student-Athlete High Risk Drinking," presented at the 4th European Symposium on Substance Use & Abuse among University Students (ESSUS 2014), Bremen, Germany, June 26-27, 2014.

"USAF Social Norms Project: Reducing Alcohol Abuse Among Airmen Age 18-24," presented at the AFMOA Mental Health Division Annual Research Review Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, January 31, 2014.

“Forgiveness, Religious Commitment, and Well-Being in Adulthood: Persistent Associations Over Time and Life Stage,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Boston, MA, November 8-10, 2013.

“Accuracy of Drinking Behavior Recall:  Comparing Late Night BAC by Breath Analysis to Estimated BAC from Linked Survey Responses in a Residential College Environment,” (with David Craig) poster session on College-Age Drinking:  Injuries, Offences & Interventions at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2 - 6, 2013.

“Reporting of Weapon Carrying at School among US Youth:  Personal Attitudes and Perceptions of Peers’ Attitudes,” (with Jessica M. Perkins and David Craig), presented in a session on School Health Related Student Research at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2 - 6, 2013.

"USAF Social Norms Project: Reducing Alcohol Abuse Among Airmen Age 18-24," (with David Craig), presented at the AFMOA Mental Health Division Annual Research Review Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, January 30 - February 1, 2013.

“Bullying Behavior Norms, Perceived Bullying Norms, and Personal Victimization Among UK Youth as Predictors of Self-Assessed Isolation at School,” (with Jessica Perkins and David Craig), presented at The British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, April 11-13, 2012.

“Risks Associated with Distorted Perceptions of Body Weight Norms Among UK Youth,” (with Jessica Perkins and David Craig), presented at The British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, April 11-13, 2012.

“Age and Cohort Differences in Post College 'Second Shift' Work” (with Renee Monson), presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York City, New York, February 23-26, 2012.

“Confronting the 'Reign of Error': The Social Norms Approach to Drug and Alcohol Prevention” (with David Craig), presented at the 2012 Annual US Air Force Mental Health Division Research Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, February 7-9, 2012.

“Using Social Norms to Prevent Bullying in Middle Schools” (with David Craig), presented at the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools National Conference, Making the Connection - Creating and Maintaining Conditions for Learning, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC., August 9, 2011.

“Nation-Wide Findings from the Campus Survey of Alcohol and Other Drug Norms,” presented at the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) National Conference on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Miami, FL, January 15, 2011.

“Impact Assessment of a Multi-Site Social Norms Intervention Targeting Student-Athlete High-Risk Drinking,” presented at the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) National Conference on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Miami, FL, January 14, 2011.

"Achieving and Demonstrating AOD Prevention Impact from a Social Norms Intervention with Survey Research in Diverse Secondary Schools" (with David W. Craig), presented at the 2010 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-13, 2010.

"Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk Taking: Survey Methods to Examine Misperceived Norms in a College Population" (with David W. Craig), presented at the 2010 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-13, 2010.

"Where Does Bullying Take Place among Adolescents When They are at School?" (with Jessica Perkins and David Craig), presented in a research session on Family Structure, Communication and Health at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 11, 2009.

"Misperceptions of Weight Norms as a Risk Factor for Overweight and Underweight Status among Secondary School Students" (with Jessica Perkins and David Craig), presented in a research session on Child and Adolescent Health at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 10, 2009.

""Misperceptions of Bullying Norms as a Risk Factor Associated with Violence among Middle School Students" (with David Craig and Jessica Perkins), research presented in a roundtable session at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 10, 2009.

"Exploring the Persistent Links among Religious Commitment, Forgiveness, and Personal Well-Being in Adulthood" presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Denver, CO, Oct. 23-25, 2009.

"Forgiveness, Religious Commitment and Well-Being in Adulthood: A Life Stage and Cohort Assessment," presented at the Congress of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Vienna, Austria, August 23-27, 2009.

"Misperceptions of Sweet Drink Consumption Norms as a Risk Factor for Personal Consumption and Overweight Status among Secondary School Students" (with Jessica Perkins and David Craig), presented at the 2009 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Minneapolis, MN, July 14, 2009.

"Multi-site Social Norms Intervention for Student Athletes: An Analysis of the Effect of Program Exposure on High Risk Drinking" (with David Craig), presented at the 2009 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Minneapolis, MN, July 13, 2009.

"Ten-Years of Risk Behavior Results from an Online Survey Assessing Secondary School Norms and Misperceptions: The Pervasive ‘Reign of Error’ Among U.S. 6 -12th Graders" (with David Craig), presented at the 2008 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Burlingame, San Francisco, CA, July 22, 2008.

"Assessing Weight Norms, Misperceptions, and Body Mass Index: Comparing the Importance of School Context and Composition Versus Individual Perception" (with Jessica Perkins and David Craig), presented at the 2008 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Burlingame, San Francisco, CA, July 22, 2008.

"Assessing Bullying In New Jersey Secondary Schools: Applying The Social Norms Model To Adolescent Violence" (with David Craig), presented at the 2008 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Burlingame, San Francisco, CA, July 21, 2008.

"Social Norms Research on School Violence in England: Another Look at Misperceived Peer Norms as the Biggest Bully of All," presented at the 2008 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Burlingame, San Francisco, CA, July 21, 2008.

"The 'Reign of Error' in Student-Athlete Alcohol Use: A Multi-Site Study at Institutions of Higher Education in the U. S." (with David W. Craig), presented at The National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Cambridge, MA, July 17, 2007.

"Preventing Alcohol Misuse, Smoking and Bullying Among Summer Camp Campers and Counselors Using the Social Norms Approach" (with Erin Kaplan and Laura Stenson Wynne), presented at The National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Cambridge, MA, July 16, 2007.

"Successful Social Norms Campaign to Reduce High Risk Drinking and Tobacco Use Among Intercollegiate Student-Athletes" (with David W Craig), presented at the American Public Health Association 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Boston, MA, November 7, 2006.

"Using Social Norms to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Among College Student-Athletes" (with David W Craig), poster session presented at the U.S. Department of Education’s 20th Annual National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education, Arlington, VA, October 19-22, 2006.

“MOST of US Don’t Drink and Drive: A Successful Statewide Social Norms Campaign to Reduce Impaired Driving” (with Jeff Linkenbach), presented at the U.S. Department of Education’s 20th Annual National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education, Arlington, VA, October 19-22, 2006.

"Differential Discrimination between Five+ Heavy Drinking Measure and Estimated Blood Alcohol Concentration as Measures of Risk Due to Alcohol Consumption in a College Population" (with David W Craig), presented at the U.S. Department of Education’s 20th Annual National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education, Arlington, VA, October 19-22, 2006.

"Multi-State Results from an Online Tool for Assessing Secondary School Norms, 1999 - 2006" (with David W. Craig), presentation at The National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Denver, CO, July 28, 2006.

"Montana's MOST Of Us Don't Drink & Drive Campaign: A Successful Strategy to Reduce Impaired Driving in Young Adults" (with Jeff Linkenbach), presentation at The National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Denver, CO, July 28, 2006.

"Assessing Bullying in Secondary Schools with a New Online Survey: Applying the Social Norms Model to Adolescent Violence" (with David W Craig), presented at The National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Denver, CO, July 28, 2006.

"Using Social Norms to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Among College Student-Athletes: Results from a U. S. Department of Education 2005 Model Program" (with David W. Craig), presented at The National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Denver, CO, July 27, 2006.

"Using Social Norms to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Among College Student-Athletes" (with David W. Craig), presented at the American College Personnel Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 20, 2006.

“Forgiveness, Religious Commitment and Well-Being among Young to Middle-Aged Adults,” paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Rochester, NY, November 4-6, 2005.

“Religious Commitment, Egoistic Success Orientation, and Alcohol Abuse in the Post-Collegiate Life Course,” paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Rochester, NY, November 4-6, 2005.

"Body Weight and the Effects of Misperceived Norms on Personal Body Image in Adolescence: Results from an Online Assessment Tool for Secondary Schools" (with David W Craig), presented at the North American Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Toronto, Ontario, July 15, 2005.

"Multi-State Results from an Online Tool for Assessing Secondary School Norms, 1999 - 2005" (with David W Craig), presented at the North American Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Toronto, Ontario, July 14, 2005.

"Canadian Student Perceptions of Peer Drinking: Another Look at the 'Reign of Error' on College and University Campuses," presented at the North American Conference on the Social Norms Approach, Toronto, Ontario, July 14, 2005.

"Reducing Misperceptions of the College Student Drinking Norm Lowers Risk: Results of a Nationwide Evaluation of Alcohol Abuse Prevention Efforts" (with Richard Rice), presented at the National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education, Washington, DC, October 18, 2004.

"MOST OF US Don't Drink and Drive: A Successful Social Norms Campaign to Reduce Drinking and Driving Among Young Adults in Western Montana," presented by Jeff Linkenbach and H.Wesley Perkins at the National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Chicago, IL, July 23, 2004.

"Reducing Misperceptions of the College Student Drinking Norm Lowers Risk: Results of a Nationwide Evaluation of Alcohol Abuse Prevention Efforts" (with Michael Haines), presented at the National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Chicago, IL, July 22, 2004.

"Using Social Norms to Promote Health Among College Student-Athletes: Results from the HWS Most Valuable Players Project and the NCAA STARR Project" (with David W Craig and Sarah MacInnis), presented at the National Conference on the Social Norms Model, Chicago, IL, July 22, 2004.

“MOST OF US: The Montana Social Norms Project to Reduce Impaired Driving and Increase Seatbelt Usage,” presented by Jeff Linkenbach and H. Wesley Perkins for staff of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington DC, November 20, 2003.

“Engaging Men as Social Justice Allies in Ending Violence against Women: Evidence for a Social Norms Approach,” presented by Pat Fabiano, H. Wesley Perkins, Alan Berkowitz, and Jeff Linkenbach at the 6th National Conference on the Social Norms Model sponsored by the BACCHUS & GAMMA Peer Education Network and the National Social Norms Resource Center, Boston, MA, July 16-18, 2003.

"Comparing High-Risk Drinking Measures and Estimated BAC Levels as Predictors of Negative consequences in a State-Wide Survey of Young Adults" (with David W Craig and Jeff Linkenbach), presented at the American Public Health Association National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 9-13, 2002.

"‘MOST OF US’ Are Tobacco-Free: Reducing 1st Time Tobacco Use in Teenagers in a Multi-County Setting" (with Jeff Linkenbach), presented at the National Conference on the Social Norms Model: Science-Based Prevention, sponsored by Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-12, 2002.

"Exposing Substance Use Misperceptions Among Middle And High School Students Using A Web-Survey Strategy" (with David W Craig), presented at the National Conference on the Social Norms Model: Science-Based Prevention, sponsored by Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-12, 2002.

"Forgiveness as a Stress Moderator among Young to Middle-Aged Adults," presented at the Eighth International Conference on Social Stress Research sponsored by the University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth, NH, April 21-23, 2002.

"Going Big: Key Findings and Lessons Learned from Statewide Applications of the Social Norms Approach to a Variety of Issues" (with Jeff Linkenbach), presented at the National Conference on the Social Norms Model: Science-Based Prevention, sponsored by Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network and the California State University System, Anaheim, CA, July 19, 2001.

"Using a Web-Based Survey to Rapidly Assess Middle School and High School Students' Norms for Substance Use and Other Health and Safety Concerns" (with David W Craig), presented at the National Conference on the Social Norms Model: Science-Based Prevention, sponsored by Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network and the California State University System, Anaheim, CA, July 19, 2001.

"Exploring Forgiveness, Religious Commitment and Well-Being among Young to Middle-Aged Adults, " paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Houston, TX, October 19-22, 2000.

"Misperceptions of the Norms for the Frequency of Alcohol and Other Drug Use on College Campuses" (with Philip Meilman, Jami S. Leichliter, Jeffrey Cashin, and Cheryl Presley), paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 21-25, 1998.

"Stress and Alcohol Abuse in Post-Collegiate Young Adulthood," paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on Social Stress Research, Budapest, Hungary, May 27-29, 1998.

"Religious Commitment and the Well-Being of Mind and Body: Avoiding Alcohol Abuse in Post-Collegiate Young Adulthood," paper presented for the Sociology of Religion Study Group at the British Sociological Association Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 6-9, 1998.

"Religious Commitment, Success Orientation, Drinking, and Well-Being in the Life Course of College Educated Young Adults," presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, San Diego, CA, November 7-9, 1997.

"Changing Students' Misperceptions of Alcohol and other Drug Norms," Amethyst Peer Network Conference (Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium of College and University Alcohol and other Drug Prevention Programs), Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 8, 1997.

"Where Are We Now in AOD Prevention? Where Should We Be Headed?," at the National Meeting on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Violence Prevention in Higher Education, San Antonio, Texas, September 18-21, 1997.

"A Model Course for Alcohol Abuse Prevention in Higher Education" (with David W. Craig). Presented at the national symposium on Faculty Leadership in Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Higher Education sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Massachusetts, Boston, July 17-19, 1997.

"Student Norms and Misperceptions: The National Perspective," Building Responsibility: Campus/Community Coalition Retreat, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, November 13, 1996.

"Variation in Perceived College Drinking Norms and Its Impact on Alcohol Abuse: A Nationwide Study" (with Henry Wechsler), paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York City, NY, August 16-20, 1996.

"Stress-Motivated Drinking in Collegiate and Post-Collegiate Young Adulthood: Life Course and Gender Patterns," paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Social Stress Research, Paris, France, May 27-29, 1996.

"Myths and Misperceptions of Student Drinking Norms: Challenging the Reign of Error on Campus," Day of Discovery and Design Conference, Mid-Hudson College Alcohol and Other Drugs Consortium, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, October 28, 1995.

"Student Misperceptions of Peer Alcohol and Other Drug Norms: An Overview of Issues and Strategies for AOD Prevention." Presented for the Maryland Area Regional Resource Center Consortium Meeting, Towson State University, Baltimore, Maryland, June 15, 1995.

"Correcting Peer Misperceptions: An Innovative Approach to Promoting Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention on Campus." Presented for faculty, administrators, counselors, and drug abuse program coordinators from institutions of higher education at the annual meeting of the New Jersey College Student Conference on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Rowan College, New Jersey, April 21, 1995.

"Enriching Campus Life for Moderate- and Non-Drinkers." Presented at the Annual Western Missouri Regional Conference sponsored by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Kansas City, Missouri, April 9-10, 1995.

"Religious Commitment and Well-Beingin the Life Course of College-Educated Young Adults," presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Albuquerque, NM, November 4-6, 1994.

"The Future of Research and Intervention Programs on Drug Norm Misperceptions: What We Know and Where We Should Be Headed," presented to an audience of 1,000 college and university administrators, counselors, health educators and researchers at the National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention in Higher Education ("Campus Norms: New Perspectives"), U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC, September 29-October 2, 1994.

"Gender and Family Effects on the'Second Shift' Domestic Activity of College-Educated Young Adults" (with Debra K. DeMeis), paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles, CA, August 5-9, 1994.

"Resilience Among Children of Alcoholics in Young Adult Life Course Perspective," paper presented for the Mental Health Group at the World Congress of the International Sociological Association, Bielefeld, Germany, July 18-23, 1994.

"Reducing the 'Reign of Error' on Campus: Confronting Students Misperceptions of Alcohol and Other Drug Norms." Presented at the Networking for Healthy Choices Conference sponsored by the Leatherstocking Regional Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention College Consortium and the New York State College Health District 5, State University of New York, Oneonta, NY, June 7, 1994.

"Resilience Among Collegiate Children of Alcoholics," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA, October 24-28, 1993.

"Is There Anything New Under the Prevention Sun?" Presented at the Fifth Annual Higher Education Conference of the Coalition of Alcohol and Drug Educators (Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico), University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, October 8-9, 1992.

"The 'Reign of Error' on Campus: Student Misperceptions of Peer Drug Use Norms." Presented at the Fifth Annual Higher Education Conference of the Coalition of Alcohol and Drug Educators (Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico), University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, October 8-9, 1992.

"The Contextual Effect of Secular Norms on Religiosity as Moderator of Student Alcohol and Other Drug Use," paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November 8-10, 1991.

"The 'Reign of Error' on Campus: Student Misperceptions of Peer Drug Use Norms." Presented at the Annual Conference on Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Oregon Higher Education, Sunriver, Oregon, November 2-4, 1991.

"Gender Patterns in Consequences of Collegiate Alcohol Abuse: A Ten Year Study of Trends in an Undergraduate Population," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Society, Cincinnati, OH, August 23-27, 1991.

"Student Religiosity and Social Justice Concerns in England and the United States: Are They Still Related?" paper presented at a joint session of the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Cincinnati, OH, August 21-23, 1991.

"Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Use Patterns in Transition to a Pro-Enforcement Era, " paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA, April 11-14, 1991.

"Campus Based Research: What are the Implications for Practitioners?" Second National Forum on Substance Abuse Issues in Higher Education, sponsored by the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C., November 15-17, 1989.

"Perceived Norms in the College Environment as Influences Upon Student Alcohol Abuse and Other Problem Behaviors." Presented for the Vermont College Student Personnel Association, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, November 2, 1988.

"Current Research and Implications for Campus Alcohol Programming." Presented at the Capital District Regional Alcohol Consortium Conference, Albany, New York, October 14, 1988.

"What Do 'Student Involvement' and 'Campus Role Modeling' Have to Do with Collegiate Alcohol Use?" Presented at Annual Conference of the New England College Alcohol Network, Mount Holyoke College, September 28­29, 1988.

"Perceived College Norms of Substance Abuse vs. Reality." Conference for Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs in Higher Education sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., November 20­23, 1987.

"Perceptions, Norms, and Behaviors." Presented at the Annual Conference of the New England College Alcohol Network, Mount Holyoke College, October 1­2, 1987.


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