Daniel Perkins

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1995

Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy

Program Areas: School-based Prevention Research;

Dissemination & Implementation

Contact Information

107 Ferguson


Phone: 814-865-6988
Fax: 814-863-4753

Web Pages

Department Web Page

Family & Youth Resiliency Web Page

Research Interests

Adolescent and family development; assets, risk, and protective factors; collaboration and community development; contextual influences on development; evaluation of prevention and intervention programs; civic engagement in youth; prevention science; risk behaviors and resiliency; theories of adolescence; youth development

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

Partnership Model for Diffusion of Proven Prevention
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Start Date: 2001
Project Web Site: http://prosper.ppsi.iastate.edu/
This project assesses the effectiveness of a model for the diffusion of empirically validated prevention programs focused on adolescent substance abuse and mental health. The project is being conducted in 14 communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania.

Strengthening Social Norms, Supportive Relationships, and Collective Efficacy in Afterschool Settings

William T. Grant Foundation

Start Date: 2008

Project Web Site

Afterschool programs can help youth in a number of ways. They can provide a safe place for youth in their communities, and when run well, they can help youth avoid drug abuse, delinquency, and teen pregnancy. Not only can afterschool programs help reduce problem behaviors, they can also be a place where youth build skills and supportive relationships with adults. The focus of LEGACY as an applied research project is to understand how to help afterschool programs promote citizenship, skills, and positive youth behavior that may ultimately lead to preventing delinquency and substance abuse.

Recent Publications

Perkins, D. F., Mincemoyer, C. C., & Lillehoj, K. (2006). Extension educators’ perception of community readiness, knowledge of youth prevention science, and experience with collaboration. Journal of Family and Consumer Science, 98(4), 20–26.

Jones, K. R., & Perkins, D. F. (2006). Youth and adult perceptions of their relationships within community-based youth programs. Youth and Society,

38, 90–109.

Perkins, D. F., & Noam, G. (2007). Characteristics of sports-based youth development programs. New Directions for Youth Development, 115, 75–84.

Perkins, D. F., Borden, L. M., Villarruel, F. A., Carlton Hug, A., Stone, M., & Keith, J. G. (2007). Participation in structured youth programs: Why ethnic minority urban youth choose to participate – or not to participate. Youth and Society, 38, 420–442.

Borden, L. M., & Perkins, D. F. (2007). The roles volunteers can fill in community-wide efforts. The International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 15, 15–22.

Mincemoyer, C., Perkins, D., Ang, P., Greenberg, M., Spoth, R., Redmond, C., & Feinberg, M. (2008). Improving the reputation of Cooperative Extension as a source of prevention education for youth and families: The effects of the PROSPER model. Journal of Extension, 46(1).

Mincemoyer, C., Perkins, D., & Santiago, A. (2008). Exploring the effectiveness of learning communities as a source of technical assistance and professional development among extension educators. Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 13(3).

Daniels, A. M., & Perkins, D. F. (2008). Volunteering: intentionally developing a sense of mattering in youth. The International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 25, 66–71.

Bumbarger, B. K., & Perkins, D. F. (2008). after randomized trials: Issues related to dissemination of evidence-based interventions. Journal of Children Services, 3, 55–64.

Hynes, K., Smith, E., & Perkins, D. F. (2009). Piloting a classroom-based intervention in after-school programmes: A case study in science migration. Journal of Children Services, 4(3), 4–20.