Preeta Saxena, Ph.D.
earned a B.S. in Sociology/Law and Society at UC Riverside (2002), an M.A. in
Sociology from CSUN (2007) and a Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology and
Gender Studies at UC Riverside (2012). She completed
a Post-Doctoral Training appointment at UCLA's Integrated Substance
Abuse Programs (2014), and is currently the Senior Research Analyst at COC’s
Institutional Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness office.
areas are in integrating topics of gender, stigma, criminal behavior, and
substance use. She is particularly interested in gaining an in-depth
understanding of the role that social standards of masculinity/femininity and
social stigma play in explaining differential patterns of substance abuse and
treatment both between men and women as well as among women. In addition, her
recent appointment in research in higher education has included work on
improving placement processes for students.