Dr. Deborah A. Parsons


  • 1996 Ph.D., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
  • 1991 M.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • 1990 B.A., University of California, Irvine


While completing her education and presently, Dr. Parsons works as reserve police officer. In general, Dr. Parsons research interests focus on policing issues, with a special emphasis on the challenges of female police officers. As a former municipal police officer, Dr. Parsons possesses insight into these challenges. Her research and experience is combined in a published book with co-author Dr. Paul Jesilow. Although, the experiences of female police officers continues to be a central area of interest, Dr. Parsons is developing other areas within policing to study. Her experience and academic knowledge combine to give her added credibility with students. Dr. Parsons was nominated for a Golden Apple Award and Most Outstanding Professor. She was recently awarded the College’s Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Service Award. Currently, Dr. Parsons is Faculty Director of the Mentor Advising Center which serves the college. As Assistant Dean, Dr. Parsons handles all student issues for the college.

Research Interests

  • Gender issues in law enforcement
  • Discrimination and affirmative action legislation
  • Domestic violence
  • Police handling of juvenile offenders
  • Police perceptions of their careers
  • Police administration and organization
  • Community Policing
  • Justice and the media
  • Email: parsons@csusb.edu
  • Phone: 909-537-7500
  • Office Location: Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) 207