Curriculum Vitae

Name:            Douglas Demaree Perkins

Link to full Vita

CURRENT APPOINTMENT: Professor of Human & Organizational Development (Assoc.; 2000-2011; Full: 2011-present), Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Director of HOD Undergraduate Honors Progr (2016- )

Faculty Affiliate, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Associate Editor, Psychosocial Intervention/Intervención Psicosocial

Co-Editor, International Column, The Community Psychologist


Community Psychology: social capital (citizen participation, empowerment, sense of community, neighboring); community development; social ecology/change; organizational change/development; program evaluation; community research methods; international & interdisciplinary studies

Environment & Behavior: interdisciplinary study of community environmental problems (environmental criminology, housing, deterioration, neighborhood revitalization, urban planning & design) and individual, community, and governmental responses

Social Psychology, Law & Public Policy: research dissemination & policy use; disorder, crime & youth violence prevention; reactions to crime; deviance & social control theories


1990 Ph.D. New York University, Psychology, Program in Community Psychology. Dissertation: “The social and physical environment of residential blocks, crime and citizens’ participation in block associations”. (Advisor: Marybeth Shinn)

1985 M.A. New York University, Psychology, Program in Community Psychology. Thesis: The Influence of Social Problem-solving Training in School on Fourth-graders’ Home Behavior (Advisor: Marybeth Shinn)

1980 B.A. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, Major: Psychology; Minor: Sociology & Anthropology. Thesis: The Prevention of Social Inequality: A Mental Health Approach (Advisor: Kenneth Gergen)


2000-2004, 2014-19   Founding Director of Ph.D. Program in Community Research & Action; Founding Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development

2004-2008    Founding Director, Center for Community Studies


1989-2000    Asst. to Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Family & Consumer Studies, University of Utah. Served 4 terms as Head of Environment & Behavior Area; Adjunct Asst. to Assoc. Professor of Psychology, University of Utah

1987-89       Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University

1986-88      Director, NIMH Coping with Urban Crime and Fear Project. Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University.

1985-86      Research Associate, Citizens Committee for New York City.

1980-81      Clinical Counseling/Research Traineeship, The Devereux Foundation, Devon, PA



2018 Invited Plenary Address, International Conference on Community Psychology, Santiago, Chile

2018 Visiting Professor, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Central de Chile, Santiago and La Serena, Chile

2017 Visiting Professor, Institute on Adult & Vocational Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

2016 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community Psychology, Society for Community Research & Action (American Psychological Association Div. 27); nominated 2007 & 2010

2006, ‘09, ‘13, & ‘16 Bando Visiting Scientist in Community & Applied Developmental Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy (Selected 4 times by the Faculty of Psychology for competitive visiting professorship)

2013 Visiting Professor, Departments of Education and Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

2009              Keynote Speaker, Martin Luther King Collaborative Celebration Event, Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN (Honorarium donated to Highlander Research & Education Center ‘We Shall Overcome’ Fund)

2006              Opening Keynote Speaker, 1st International Conference on Community Psychology, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004              Visiting Professor in Environmental Psychology, Insitut für Psychologie, Otto-von-Guericke Universität, Magdeburg, Germany (Selected by German delegation to represent Vanderbilt University and Nashville in the Nashville-Magdeburg Sister Cities Program)

2003              Keynote Speaker, National Congress on “Prevention in Schools and Communities: Development of Social Capital for Health Promotion and Prevention,” Facoltà di Psicologia, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

2002             Fannie Mae Foundation/Urban Affairs Association Best Paper in Housing or Community Development Award (for “Neighborhood sense of community and social capital: A multi-level analysis,” Perkins & Long, 2002).

2000            Elected Fellow of the Society for Community Research and Action, Div. 27 (Community Psychology) of the American Psychological Association

1998            Invited Speaker/Program Consultant, Community-Environmental Psychology Program, Edith Cowan Univ., Perth, Australia; Keynote Speaker representing the United States of America, International Community Development Conference, Launceston, Tasmania

1991            Dissertation Award, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Div. 27); Finalist, Diss. Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Div. 9)


1995-96        Borchard Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, University of Utah.  In recognition of “demonstrated leadership experience in teaching service-learning courses (and) demonstrated ability to work well with both community and university groups…”

2010             Keynote Speaker, Tennessee Higher Education Sustainability Association and Vanderbilt Center for Teaching Conference: “The Pedagogy of Service Learning for Sustainability”

Membership in Professional Societies

Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27) (1981- ; Fellow: 2000- )

Community Development Society (1997- )

Environmental Design Research Association (1995-2002)

Urban Affairs Association (2001- )

International Consortium for Social Development (2007- )

Council of Program Directors in Community Research & Action (1997-2003)

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9) (1982-2000)

American Psychological Association (APA) (1981-1997)

APA Division 34 (Population and Environment Psychology) (1986-97)

American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41) (1985-1988)

American Society of Criminology (1987-89, 2000-2001)

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP: See Publications tab and full CV (link at top of page)

TEACHING: See Home Page, Courses Taught tab, and full CV

SERVICE: See Home Page, Projects tab, and full CV