Douglas Perkins
Last active: 2/8/2020


Dr. Perkins’ research links community, environmental, and applied social psychology to other disciplines in focusing on participation and empowerment in grassroots organizations to improve public policy making. Problems his research, teaching, and consultation have addressed include neighborhood revitalization, housing, youth violence, crime, fear and social capital (citizen participation, empowerment, sense of community, neighboring, networks) and disorder in urban community settings in the U.S., China, Europe, Australia, and Africa. My latest research assesses and analyzes the current state, history, and global development of all applied community studies disciplines, including Community Psychology, Community Sociology, Community Development, Community Social Work, Applied/Development Anthropology, Development Economics, Public Health, Urban/Regional Planning/Geography, Public Administration/Policy Studies, Popular/Community Education, Liberation Theology/faith-based community development studies, and Interdisciplinary Community Research & Action.  He studies and works with voluntary associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies responding to such problems, at all levels but especially local government. His conceptual orientation stresses ecological systems frameworks and multiple levels of analysis (individuals, organizations, communities). His populations of interest include neighborhood residents and leaders, the disenfranchised, low-income, minorities, and at risk youths.


The following timeline graph is generated from all co-authored publications.

Featured publications are shown below:

  1. Community psychology and the public interest: 2018 Newbrough award for best graduate paper. Perkins DD (2020) J Community Psychol 48(2): 168-169
    › Primary publication · 31710722 (PubMed)
  2. The role of community psychology in Christian community development. Eccleston SMP, Perkins DD (2019) J Community Psychol 47(2): 291-310
    › Primary publication · 30152862 (PubMed)
  3. Predicting the Emergence of Community Psychology and Community Development in 91 Countries with Brief Case Studies of Chile and Ghana. Hanitio F, Perkins DD (2017) Am J Community Psychol 59(1-2): 200-218
    › Primary publication · 28349607 (PubMed)
  4. Can Facebook informational use foster adolescent civic engagement? Lenzi M, Vieno A, Altoè G, Scacchi L, Perkins DD, Zukauskiene R, Santinello M (2015) Am J Community Psychol 55(3-4): 444-54
    › Primary publication · 25893816 (PubMed)
  5. Monitoring Sub-Saharan African physician migration and recruitment post-adoption of the WHO code of practice: temporal and geographic patterns in the United States. Tankwanchi AB, Vermund SH, Perkins DD (2015) PLoS One 10(4): e0124734
    › Primary publication · 25875010 (PubMed) · PMC4395332 (PubMed Central)
  6. Local environmental grassroots activism: contributions from environmental psychology, sociology and politics. Mihaylov NL, Perkins DD (2015) Behav Sci (Basel) 5(1): 121-53
    › Primary publication · 25806672 (PubMed) · PMC4384067 (PubMed Central)
  7. Has the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel been effective? Tankwanchi AB, Vermund SH, Perkins DD (2014) Lancet Glob Health 2(7): e390-1
    › Primary publication · 25103389 (PubMed)
  8. How neighborhood structural and institutional features can shape neighborhood social connectedness: a multilevel study of adolescent perceptions. Lenzi M, Vieno A, Santinello M, Perkins DD (2013) Am J Community Psychol 51(3-4): 451-67
    › Primary publication · 23264043 (PubMed)
  9. Family affluence, school and neighborhood contexts and adolescents' civic engagement: a cross-national study. Lenzi M, Vieno A, Perkins DD, Santinello M, Elgar FJ, Morgan A, Mazzardis S (2012) Am J Community Psychol 50(1-2): 197-210
    › Primary publication · 22258094 (PubMed)
  10. Ecological contexts in the development of coalitions for youth violence prevention: an organizational network analysis. Bess KD, Speer PW, Perkins DD (2012) Health Educ Behav 39(5): 526-37
    › Primary publication · 22002248 (PubMed)
  11. Perceived neighborhood social resources as determinants of prosocial behavior in early adolescence. Lenzi M, Vieno A, Perkins DD, Pastore M, Santinello M, Mazzardis S (2012) Am J Community Psychol 50(1-2): 37-49
    › Primary publication · 21932107 (PubMed)
  12. Testing a measure of organizational learning capacity and readiness for transformational change in human services. Bess KD, Perkins DD, McCown DL (2011) J Prev Interv Community 39(1): 35-49
    › Primary publication · 21271431 (PubMed)
  13. A heuristic framework for understanding the role of participatory decision making in community-based non-profits. Bess KD, Perkins DD, Cooper DG, Jones DL (2011) Am J Community Psychol 47(3-4): 236-52
    › Primary publication · 21222154 (PubMed)
  14. Levels of community engagement in youth violence prevention: the role of power in sustaining successful university-community partnerships. Nation M, Bess K, Voight A, Perkins DD, Juarez P (2011) Am J Community Psychol 48(1-2): 89-96
    › Primary publication · 21203827 (PubMed)
  15. The adolescents, life context, and school project: youth voice and civic participation. Dallago L, Cristini F, Perkins DD, Nation M, Santinello M (2010) J Prev Interv Community 38(1): 41-54
    › Primary publication · 20391053 (PubMed)
  16. Community psychology in Italy: introduction and prospects. Santinello M, Martini ER, Perkins DD (2010) J Prev Interv Community 38(1): 1-7
    › Primary publication · 20391050 (PubMed)
  17. Sense of community, neighboring, and social capital as predictors of local political participation in China. Xu Q, Perkins DD, Chow JC (2010) Am J Community Psychol 45(3-4): 259-71
    › Primary publication · 20229225 (PubMed)
  18. Adolescent place attachment, social capital, and perceived safety: a comparison of 13 countries. Dallago L, Perkins DD, Santinello M, Boyce W, Molcho M, Morgan A (2009) Am J Community Psychol 44(1-2): 148-60
    › Primary publication · 19533329 (PubMed)
  19. International community psychology: development and challenges. Perkins DD (2009) Am J Community Psychol 44(1-2): 76-9
    › Primary publication · 19526208 (PubMed)
  20. Mapping urban revitalization: using GIS spatial analysis to evaluate a new housing policy. Perkins DD, Larsen C, Brown BB (2009) J Prev Interv Community 37(1): 48-65
    › Primary publication · 19197674 (PubMed)
  21. Participatory organizational change in community-based health and human services: from tokenism to political engagement. Bess KD, Prilleltensky I, Perkins DD, Collins LV (2009) Am J Community Psychol 43(1-2): 134-48
    › Primary publication · 19142722 (PubMed)
  22. Social support, sense of community in school, and self-efficacy as resources during early adolescence: an integrative model. Vieno A, Santinello M, Pastore M, Perkins DD (2007) Am J Community Psychol 39(1-2): 177-90
    › Primary publication · 17437191 (PubMed)
  23. Community types and mental health: a multilevel study of local environmental stress and coping. Dupéré V, Perkins DD (2007) Am J Community Psychol 39(1-2): 107-19
    › Primary publication · 17437190 (PubMed)
  24. Community psychology at the crossroads: prospects for interdisciplinary research. Maton KI, Perkins DD, Saegert S (2006) Am J Community Psychol 38(1-2): 9-21
    › Primary publication · 16927157 (PubMed)
  25. Community-based interdisciplinary research: introduction to the special issue. Maton KI, Perkins DD, Altman DG, Gutierrez L, Kelly JG, Rappaport J, Saegert S (2006) Am J Community Psychol 38(1-2): 1-7
    › Primary publication · 16791513 (PubMed)
  26. Democratic school climate and sense of community in school: a multilevel analysis. Vieno A, Perkins DD, Smith TM, Santinello M (2005) Am J Community Psychol 36(3-4): 327-41
    › Primary publication · 16389503 (PubMed)
  27. Speaking truth to power: empowerment ideology as social intervention and policy. Perkins DD (1995) Am J Community Psychol 23(5): 765-94
    › Primary publication · 8851349 (PubMed)
  28. Empowerment theory, research, and application. Perkins DD, Zimmerman MA (1995) Am J Community Psychol 23(5): 569-79
    › Primary publication · 8851340 (PubMed)
  29. Ecological assessments of community disorder: their relationship to fear of crime and theoretical implications. Perkins DD, Taylor RB (1996) Am J Community Psychol 24(1): 63-107
    › Primary publication · 8712188 (PubMed)