Wayland professor's work presented at conventions

 Dr. Perry L. Collins, assistant professor of psychology at Wayland Baptist University, had research work presented at two major conventions recently.

Collins collaborated with both graduate faculty and doctoral students from Texas Tech University in his research, which dealt with topics as diverse as eating disorders, counseling college students, and grief counseling issues. A licensed professional counselor, Collins has a strong interest in research on eating disorders, a topic he chose for his doctoral dissertation at Texas Tech.

Three research papers that Collins co-authored were presented during Spring Break at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, the world's largest counseling organization, held in San Antonio. The first, titled "Planned and Unplanned Binges in Women with Bulimia: A multiple-case Study," was a collaborative effort between Collins, his wife Cassie Collins, who is a doctoral student at Texas Tech, and Jerry Parr, a Tech professor. The second, an effort by Collins, Parr and Shane Haberstroh, another doctoral student, was titled "Counseling Strategies that Awaken Students' Resilience." The third paper, "A Comparison of the Perceptions of Experienced Versus Novice Grief Counselors," included work by Tech doctoral students Kaylene Brown, Shauna Frisbie, Dana Divine, Debbie Price and Collins.

Collins also attended the American Educational Research Association annual convention in Seattle in April, presenting research conducted with his wife, Parr and Loretta J. Bradley, past-president of the American Counseling Association and a professor at Tech. The work was titled "Fat Days and Skinny Days: The Daily Struggle of Women With Eating Disorders."

"It always fascinated me how people could force themselves to deny one of the essential ingredients to sustaining life - food. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have intrigued me for quite some time," Collins said of his interest in the subject. "Bulimia is characterized by binging on food and then purging such as self-induced vomiting whereas anorexia is simply restricting eating altogether."

Prior to these pieces, Collins has written journal articles on the subject, such as one published in the College Student Affairs Journal in 1998. He has taught at Wayland for two years, after teaching adjunctly at Texas Tech, Angelo State University and Howard County Junior College.

In the counseling arena, Collins has worked with several MHMR centers, two state schools for the mentally retarded, and continues to do counseling and consulting for several entities, including group homes and other agencies.

Another article co-authored by Collins, concerning parental filicide-suicide (or parents who kill their children and then themselves), has been accepted for publication and is currently in press with the North American Journal of Psychology.