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Patrice Perkins

Perkins, Patrice, PhD

Assistant Professor


Phone: 804-504-7038
Location: Hunter McDaniel, 30NB


  • Ph.D. in Health Psychology, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • M.S. in Psychology, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • B.S. in Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


  • Health Psychology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Community Based Participatory Research

Research Interests

  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Time Perspective

Courses Taught


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Research in Psychology

Selected Publications

Perkins, P., Boyd, K., & Brady, C. (2015). Examining the Link between Cigarette Experimentation and Continued Risk Practices among African American College Students. Journal of Substance Abuse and Alcoholism, 3(3), 1037-1039.

Perkins, P., Scherer, S., Palmer, K., & Talley, C. (2015). Do Time Perspective and Year in School Influence GPA in African American College Students? American Journal of Educational Studies, 7(1), 65-72.

Clark, V., Perkins, P., Carson, B., Boyd, K., & Jefferson, T. (2015). Fasting Serum Glucose and Cholesterol as Predictors of Cardiovascular Reactivity to Acute Stress in a Sample of African American College Students. Ethnicity & Disease, 25 (2), 175-179.

Boyd, K., Perkins, P., Lawrence, K., Sutherland, J., & Blake, K. (2015). The Female Condom: Knowledge, Image, and Power. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 1(3), 97-112.

Boyd, K., Perkins, P., Greenberg, B., & Stevens, L. (2014). Utilizing a Qualitative and Quantitative Approach to Examine Substance Use and Parental Communication among African American youth. Psychology, 5, 1743-1749.

Dr. Perkins has years of experience conducting research on substance use in African Americans. In addition to working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, she actively conducts research on time perspective, substance use, and other risky behaviors in African American college students. She was the Substance Use Coordinator for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant to develop HIV/AIDS and substance use interventions for African American adolescents and young adults. For two years, Dr. Perkins was the Evaluation Consultant for the Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute (YHELI). This program was implemented during the academic school year in the Mosby Court community in Richmond, Virginia. YHELI was developed to enhance the youth’s leadership skills, increase their level of awareness regarding the root causes of health disparities, and enable them to develop strategies to improve their health and address health issues in their community. Dr. Perkins was the primary developer of the YHELI curriculum and the grant proposal. Prior to working at Virginia State University, she was a Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) Fellow. During this fellowship, Dr. Perkins worked at the Virginia Department of Health in the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. She was the Coordinator of the Environmental Health Equity Project, which addressed water and sewage issues in underserved communities in Virginia.

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