Early in her career, Professor Perkins worked with troubled adolescents as a counselor and therapist in the schools systems of Littleton, Colorado, Livonia, Michigan and Vernon, Connecticut.

At Bryant University, Professor Perkins continued her career as a therapist (working in the University's Counseling Center) and also began her college teaching career. She taught classes in Adolescent Psychology, Child and Adult Development, Counseling Theory and Practice, Personal AdjustmentGeneral Psychology.

Professor Perkins performed psychological evaluations and planned therapy for patients on the psychiatric unit, Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA. Additionally, she provided individual, group and family therapy for clients at the Eliot Clinic, located on the grounds of Emerson Hospital.

Professor Perkins began teaching at Stonehill College in 1987. She teaches Theories of Personality, Theories of Learning, Theories of Counseling, Psychology of Women, Child Psychopathology and Treatment and Counseling Practicum

Research Interests

Her research interests have been in the areas of personality assessment, personality variables affecting critical thinking, and treatment models successful in small group therapy.  In 1993 she received the Outstanding Research Award from the American Counseling Association (specialists in group work) for the “best example of group work research published during the 1992 calendar year.”

Her recent work has centered on parent-child relationships and the developmental impact made by specified parent-child interactions on the adult development of women today. She has conducted research on the mother-daughter relationship and currently has focused her attention on the father-daughter relationship. 

Through her work, Professor Perkins has developed an inventory that identifies father-daughter interaction profiles and she has conducted research with women that showed a significant relationship between the father-parenting a woman experiences in childhood and her adult development.


  • Ph.B., English/Philosophy, University of Detroit
  • B.A. Psychology, Rhode Island College
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado
  • Ed.D., Counseling Psychology, Northeastern University
  • Postdoctoral Training, The Tavistock Marital Studies Institute and the Tavistock Clinic for Marital Therapy, London, UK Licensed Psychologist Provider, MA

Courses Taught

  • Counseling Practicum I
  • Counseling Practicum II
  • Child Psychopathology & Its Treatment
  • Psychology of Women
  • Theories of Learning
  • Theories of Personality