Dr. Armon Perry

Professor, BSW Program Director

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Armon R. Perry, Ph.D., MSW, is a Professor in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.  Dr. Perry’s research efforts center on the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and external factors that influence men’s involvement in the lives of their children and families, as well as the impact of that involvement on the well-being of the family. To date, the findings of his research have pointed to the association between increased levels of paternal involvement and increased contributions from the paternal extended family, higher levels of reported religiosity, higher reported levels of maternal parenting efficacy, and fathers who report having functional co-parenting relationships with their children’s mother.

The findings of his research have also highlighted the relationship between a fathers’ provision of instrumental and affective support and positive outcomes for families such as fewer behavioral problems in children and lower levels of reported maternal stress.

Although still early in his academic career, Dr. Perry’s research has been acknowledged by his contemporaries. This recognition has resulted in his identification as an “emerging scholar” in the Scholar’s Network on Black Masculinity, an assembly of scholars convened to reshape academic, public policy, and popular culture understandings of the lives of African American men.

In addition to his research, Dr. Perry is the Director of the Kent School BSW program where he teaches introduction to social work and social work practice courses that are informed by his experience as a child protective services social worker.