Dr. Pam Perkins earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. Her undergraduate degree in Theology and Education is from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois.

Dr. Perkins has extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments as well as therapy. Dr. Perkins has special training in working with bariatric surgery candidates, immigrants needing mental health evaluations, and issues specific to older adults. As a Christian, she also enjoys incorporating spirituality in her work with individuals who are interested in the treatment of this nature.

Dr. Perkins provides evaluations for immigrants who are seeking an exception to the English and civics testing requirements for naturalization because of a cognitive or mental impairment (Form N-648).

Cognitive screenings are available for older adults worried about their memory. Dr. Perkins developed this screening as a short and simple way to determine if memory problems are part of the normal aging process, or if further investigation is needed.

In addition to psychological assessments and therapy, Dr. Perkins is an experienced speaker and author with a portfolio of news appearances, local talks to Rotary groups, Wake Forest Chamber events, churches, and national conferences. She is available to speak or consult on a wide variety of psychological and mental health topics. Dr. Perkins has particular interests in topics related to older adults, mood disorders, domestic violence, bariatric surgery, caregiver burnout, and most anything to do with mental health.

Serving members of our community is the underlying motivation behind Dr. Perkin’s expansion of the psychology practice, the founding of a partial hospital program for adolescence (Bright Path Behavioral Health), and the beginnings of a non-profit foundation (Bright Hope Foundation) to fund mental health services for the uninsured/underinsured.

Colleagues and clients alike find her to be open, warm and genuine, with a sense of humor and contagious laugh. A flexible person-centered style is utilized in her therapy services and a practical, solution-focused approach when conducting evaluations.

Dr. Perkins lives in Wake Forest with her husband Rich and their two dogs Toby, and Tucker. Together they have seven children and 17 grandchildren – keeping them busy with visits to see them.

Dr. Perkins loves gardening and you may catch her outside the building planting plants, watering plants, or just enjoying them.

*Dr. Perkins is currently not taking new clients for therapy.

Contact the office to set up an appointment with Dr. Pam Perkins, PsyD.