Bill Sanders, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor within the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Sanders has conducted qualitative research on high-risk behaviors among at risk youth in London, New York and Los Angeles. He has published in areas such as substance use, violence, crime, and unsafe sexual practices among young offenders, gang members, injection drug users, and those who experience homelessness. Dr. Sanders has also published on drug selling, club drug use, prescription drug misuse, gang intervention, and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Sanders has been promoting as a public health agenda towards the study and approach of gang youth. Publications that reflect this agenda thus far have included: a public health model for studying risk behaviors among gang youth; the operationalization of a partnership with community-based organizations in order to access and interview active gang youth; evidence that gang youth are a vulnerable population suitable for nursing intervention; substance use patterns and the normalized character of marijuana among gang youth; and epidemiological data on unsafe sexual practices among gang members. Dr. Sanders continues research on risk behaviors and health aspects of gang youth, as well as other intersections of criminal justice and public health more generally.