Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff Directory

Nathan H. Perkins, PhD

Title/s: Clinical Assistant Professor

Office #: Maguire Hall 526

Phone: 312-915-7035

E-mail: nperkins2@luc.edu

CV Link: Nathan H. Perkins

Mission in Action

The focus on social justice within the School of Social Work at Loyola University is consistent with the lens which I use when teaching and engaging in research. Incorporating the discussion of social justice within the context of research helps me present social work research to students as a tool that can be used to affect change for those that are socially and/or economically oppressed. The research I conduct regarding physical and emotional violence between siblings highlights an under-examined area including a marginalized group (children) who experience violence by those individuals closest to them. I feel it is my responsibility as a social worker to uncover ways to expunge violence in this context so that children do not use violence as a mechanism to address stressful situations in childhood or when adults. Regardless of context, I believe the consideration of social justice should intersect with everything we as social workers do in order to help under-privileged individuals empower themselves with the hopes of positive, systemic social change.   ‚Äč


PhD, Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014

MSW, Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009

MS, Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University, 2002

BA, Psychology and French, Ohio University, 1998

Program Areas

Teaching/Areas of Interest

Research methods; Program evaluation; Family systems and family development; Interpersonal and family violence; Direct practice with individuals, couples, and families; Clinical practice theories; Human behavior in the social environment

Research Interests

Sibling violence; Intersection of sibling violence and other forms of interpersonal violence;  Violence within family systems; Child welfare and the rights of children; Instructional approaches for research methods; Intersection of research, social work practice (micro & macro), and social justice in social work education.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence across the Lifespan (NPEIV)

Courses Taught

PhD Program

SOWK 810 – Seminar on Theory, Practice, and Research

MSW Program

SOWK 506 – Methods of Social Work Research

SOWK 606 – Practicum in Research in Social Work

Selected Publications

Brady, S. R., Leisey, M., Coles, D. C., Lee, J., Monico, C., Mann-Williams, A., Netting, F. E., O’Connor, M. K., Perkins, N. H., Rotabi, K. S., & Young, J. A. (accepted). Postmodernism: Respecting multiple epistemologies in building social work’s knowledge base. Journal of Social Work Education

Secret, M., Abell, M., Ward, C., Charles, K. J. L., & Perkins, N. H. (in press).Research knowledge assessment: A study of MSW students’ acquisition and retention of research knowledge. Journal of Social Work Education

Perkins, N. H., Coles, D. C., & O’Connor, M. K. (2017). Sibling violence and policy: An examination of Fox-Harding’s child care value perspectives. Child & Youth Services, 38(1), 4-23. doi: 10.1080/0145935X.2016.1166947

Perkins, N. H., & Stoll, A. J. (2016). Foster families and physical and emotional sibling violence: The need for inclusive interventions in complex family systems. Journal of Family Social Work, 19(5), 407-419. doi:10.1080/10522158.2016.1217577

Perkins, N. H., & O’Connor, M. K. (2016). Physical and emotional sibling violence: A necessary role for social work. Social Work, 61(1), 91-93. doi: 10.1093/sw/swv048

Brady, S. R., Perkins, N. H., Shadik, J.A., Monico, C., Young, J., Mann-Williams, A., Sawyer, J., & Klein, M. (2015). The meaning of the cohort community in social work doctoral education. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 21(1), 64-71.

Perkins, N. H., & Kovacs, P.(2014). Lessons learned from conducting research with participants receiving dialysis for end-stage renal disease. Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care, 10(4), 304-308. doi:10.1080/15524256.2014.975316

Shadik, J. A., Perkins, N. H., & Kovacs, P. (2013). Incorporating discussion of sibling violence in the curriculum of parent intervention programs for child abuse and neglect. Health & Social Work, 38(1), 53-57.doi:10.1093/hsw/hls066

Kovacs, P., Perkins, N. H., Nuschke, E, & Carroll, N. (2012). How end-stage renal disease patients              manage the Medicare Part D coverage gap. Health & Social Work, 37(4), 225-233.doi:10.1093/hsw/hls031

Abell, M. L., Davey, T. L., Clark, P., & Perkins, N. H. (2010). Community case management intervention for hard-to-place homeless families leaving emergency shelter. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 19(1 & 2), 121-148.