Tamara Perkins, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Phone: (503) 243-2436, ext. 112

Fax: (503) 243-2454

Email: perkins@npcresearch.com

Tamara Perkins, Research Associate at NPC Research, has been serving as either lead evaluator or project manager on a variety of projects in the U.S. and Asia for over 15 years. U.S.-based projects include research and evaluation of substance abuse treatment, family drug courts, rural development, and suicide prevention programs. The goal of her work is to provide tailored research and evaluation services that program staff can easily use for program improvement and advocacy.

Currently, Dr. Perkins serves as the Project Director or Principal Investigator for several studies, including a statewide process and outcome evaluation of Ohio family dependency treatment courts, four Native American suicide prevention programs, a Native Elder abuse prevention, and a Native teen pregnancy prevention program. In this capacity, she works on project oversight and management, evaluation design, survey instrument design and implementation, human subjects protection, working with diverse populations, data collection, data analysis and report writing.

Prior to joining NPC Research, Dr. Perkins worked in the field of cross-cultural and language training. She also taught at Lewis and Clark College, and worked both for the Multnomah County Department of Human Services and for a Portland-based nonprofit organization providing substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, family wellness, and health services for Native American and Alaska Native families.

Dr. Perkins is a member of the American Evaluation Association. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, with an emphasis on socioeconomic development, women in development, and the role of institutions in the transition from socialism.

Projects, Publications, and Presentations

On this page you can access all the reports, publications, and projects relevant to specific staff and available to the public from NPC Research. In one of the fields below, enter a title, choose a type (project, publication, or presentation) from the drop-down menu, or choose a topic area from the drop-down. The results will sort automatically. Click on bold type for more information on any item of interest.

Title Type Category
Finigan, M. W., Perkins, T., Sullivan, J. E. & Kandrevas, J. A. (September 2015) Is there a role for extended-release naltrexone in drug courts? Results of a pilot study. Drug Court Review, IX (1), 23-42. publication Substance Abuse Treatment
The Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation Youth Yellowhawk Tribal Health Clinic Circles of Hope Youth Suicide Prevention Project project Community Health
Clackamas County Adult Drug Court, Trauma-Informed Program, Enhancement Project project Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone (THRIVE) Evaluation project Community Health
Carey, S. M., Herrera Allen, T., Perkins, T., & Waller, M.S. (November 2013) A detailed cost evaluation of a juvenile drug court that follows the juvenile drug court model (16 strategies). Juvenile and Family Court Journal: Online, 64(4), 1–20. publication Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Juvenile Justice
Wilkins, N., Thigpen, S., Lockman, J., Mackin, J., Madden, M., Perkins, T., Schut, J., Van Regenmorter, C., Williams, L., & Donovan, J. (June 2013) Putting program evaluation to work: A framework for creating actionable knowledge for suicide prevention practice. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(2), 149–161. publication Community Health
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Personal Responsibility and Education Prevention Project project Community Health
Evaluation of the Charles County Family Recovery Program project Early Childhood and Family Well-Being, Substance Abuse Treatment
Mackin, J. R., Perkins, T., & Furrer, C. J. (December 2011) The power of protection: A population-based comparison of Native and non-Native youth suicide attempters. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 19(2), 20–54. doi: 10.5820/aian.1902.2012.20.
Full article /
publication Community Health
The Confederated Warm Springs Indian Reservation Elder Abuse Prevention Project project Community Health
Life Is Sacred Native Youth Suicide Prevention Project project Community Health
Finigan, M. W., Perkins, T., Zold-Kilbourn, P., Parks, J., & Stringer, M. (2011) Preliminary evaluation of extended-release naltrexone in Michigan and Missouri drug courts. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 41(3), 288-293. publication Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
Ohio Family Dependency Treatment Court Evaluation project Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Early Childhood and Family Well-Being, Substance Abuse Treatment
Evaluation of the Portland Metro Council of Camp Fire’s School-Based Program project Youth Development
Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative – Oregon Tribal Projects Evaluation project Community Health, Substance Abuse Prevention
Alcohol and Drug Treatment Follow-Up Study project Substance Abuse Treatment
Preliminary Evaluation on the Use of Vivitrol in Drug Court project Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
De la Mano Frente al Cancer (Hand in Hand Confronting Cancer) Program Evaluation project Community Health
Mackin, J. R., Perkins, T., & Furrer, C. J. (2009, April) Native Youth Suicide Prevention Program Enhanced Evaluation: The Power of Protection. Presented at the American Association of Suicidology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Presentation /
presentation Community Health
Methamphetamine Users in Missouri Drug Courts: Program Elements Associated with Success project Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
Carey, S. M., & Perkins, T. (2008, April) Methamphetamine and the latest research on promising practices for drug courts. Powerpoint presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals, Osage Beach, MO.
Powerpoint /
presentation Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
Carey, S. M., & Perkins, T. (April 24, 2008) Methamphetamine and the latest research on promising practices for drug courts. Powerpoint presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals, Osage Beach, MO.
Powerpoint /
publication Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
Perkins, T., & Mackin, J. R. (December 2007) Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake Employment Enhancement Program at Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court, Process Evaluation. Portland, OR: NPC Research.
Report /
publication Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
Baltimore City Drug Court Employment Enhancement Projects – Adult Program project Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Substance Abuse Treatment
Family Circle Program Evaluation project Early Childhood and Family Well-Being, Substance Abuse Treatment
Baltimore City Drug Court Employment Enhancement Projects – Juvenile Program project Criminal Justice, Drug Courts/ Problem-Solving Courts, Youth Development