Contact Information

Associate Professor
University of Akron
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
Olin Hall 260
Akron, OH 44325-1905
United States of America

Office (330) 972-6915
Fax (330) 972-5377

Research Keywords
  • Substance use
  • Alcohol
  • Masculinity
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Violence
  • HIV
  • Deviance
  • Dociology
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2005


Robert Peralta, Ph.D.

Robert Peralta, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of Delaware
M.A., University of Delaware
B.A., University of New Mexico

Research Statement

His research team, composed of Ph.D. and MA graduate and undergraduate students, is currently working on projects which include heavy episodic drinking among college students and its association with masculine gender orientation, suicidal behavior and gender orientation, college student interpersonal violence and the role of masculinity, masculinity and alcohol-related weight control behavior (known in the media as ‘drunkorexia’), the impact of ethno-racial identity on substance use behavior and HIV risk behavior, and the nature and origin of stigma attribution toward marginalized communities. 

Dr. Peralta has been awarded four Faculty Research Grants from the University of Akron: “Perceptions and experiences of health care and interpersonal violence among female former inmates: A qualitative study.” (Faculty Research Grant (FRG) # 1846); “Unraveling the Embodied Meaning of Crime and Deviance Categorization: A Qualitative Study of Attributions Toward and Characterizations of Discredited Behavior and Identities.”  (FRG) # 1735); “Alcohol Use among College Youth: The Impact of Race and Gender.” (FRG #1667); “Alcohol-Related Intimate Partner Violence within High Risk Populations: Implications for Health Disparity Research” (FRG #1613).

In 2012, he was selected to be a Fellow in the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) R25 Early Career Mentoring Program and has been the recipient of a number of research travel awards including a NHSN R25 Travel Award to Attend the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse meetings in San Diego and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence conference in Palm Springs, CA in 2012.  

Some of his publications appear at: Violence and VictimsViolence Against WomenThe Journal of Health and Social BehaviorThe Journal of Drug IssuesSex RolesThe Journal of Men’s StudiesThe Journal of the American Board of Family PracticeContemporary Drug ProblemsSubstance Use and MisuseGender IssuesThe Journal of Ethnicity and Substance AbuseSociology Compass, and Deviant Behavior.

About Me

Robert L. Peralta is currently an associate professor in the Sociology Department at The University of Akron.  He received his BA in Psychology at The University of New Mexico and his MA and Doctoral Degree in Sociology from the University of Delaware and Dr. Peralta went on to hold a Post-Doctoral Position at The University of Wisconsin, in the Department of Family Medicine and then served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Justice, Law, and Society Department at American University in Washington DC before earning tenure at UA. 

The overarching aim of Dr. Peralta’s current research is to examine sources and correlates of substance use behavior, interpersonal violence, and other forms of health-risk and criminal behavior via both qualitative and quantitative methods using sociology of gender and feminist perspectives to frame his work.  Specifically, Dr. Peralta’s past and current work relies on testing criminological and sociological theories to better understand heavy episodic drinking behavior, prescription drug use, other forms of substance use-behavior, intimate partner violence and other forms of interpersonal violence.  To date, Dr. Peralta has published 30 peer reviewed articles that examine the influence of sociological phenomena such as gender identity (i.e., attitudes, beliefs, characteristics, and expectations of what it means to be male or female) stigma and racial discrimination on alcohol and other forms of drug use and instances of interpersonal violence.

Dr. Peralta’s long-term research goals include conducting gender-informed research to inform and enhance substance use prevention, treatment and interventions targeting at-risk adolescents and young adults of under-served populations.

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Recent Publications

  1.    Robert L. Peralta, *Monica Merrill, *Lia Chervenak-Wiley, *Nicole Rosen and *Paige N. Bosich.  “Unraveling the Meaning of Interpersonal Violence: A Study of Gender and Race Embodiment in Attribution and Characterization Processes.” (Accepted at Deviant Behavior; funded by The University of Akron, FRG 1735).


  1.    James Carter*, Robert L. Peralta, and Juan Xi.  “The Association between Ethnic Identity and Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use among a Sample of College Students: Does a Sense of Ethnic Belonging Matter?” (Accepted at Substance Use and Misuse; (funded by NIDAR25DA030310 (R. L. Peralta); K05DA015799 (J.C. Anthony, sponsor).


  1.    Robert L. Peralta and *Marcella Mulhollem, *Bree Stewart and *Courtney Blue.  “The Association between Masculinity, Male Sex, And Heavy Episodic Drinking Among College” 2017.  Substance Use and Misuse 53 (6): 910-920.  DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1385081. (funded by NIDAR25DA030310 (R. L. Peralta); K05DA015799 (J.C. Anthony, sponsor).


  1.    *Jennifer L. Steele and Robert L. Peralta.  “Are Polydrug users more Physically and Verbally Aggressive? An Assessment of Aggression Among Mono vs. Polydrug Users in a University Sample” 2017. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260517715024(funded by NIDAR25 DA030310 (R. L. Peralta); K05DA015799 (J.C. Anthony, sponsor).


  1.    Florian Lebreton, Robert L. Peralta, Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, *Lia Chervenak-Wiley and Guillaume Routier.  “Sex, Gender, and Alcohol Use Behavior among French Sport Science Students: A Mixed Methods Approach to College Drinking in France” 2017.  Sex Roles 76 (3-4): 218-235.


  1.    Robert L. Peralta and *Peter Barr.  “Gender orientation and alcohol-related weight control behavior among male and female college students” 2017. Journal of American College Health 65 (4): 229-242. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2016.1271802 (funded by NIDAR25DA030310 (R. L. Peralta); K05DA015799 (J.C. Anthony, sponsor)).


  1.    *Racheal Pesta, Robert L. Peralta, and *Meghan Novisky.  “Investigating Behavioral Responses to Psychological Victimization in Intimate Partner Relationships using a General Strain Framework: Are Responses Gendered?” 2016. Journal of Interpersonal Violence DOI: 10.1177%2F0886260516669165  (funded by NIDA R25DA030310 (R. L. Peralta); K05DA015799 (J.C. Anthony, sponsor)).


  1.    Robert L Peralta, *Bree Stewart, *Jennifer Steele, and Fernando Wagner.  “Non- Medical Use of Prescription Drugs in Emerging Adulthood: Differentiating Sex from Gender” 2016. Addiction Research & Theory 24 (5): 389-397.  DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2016.1140745(funded by NIDA R25DA030310 (R. L. Peralta); K05DA015799 (J.C. Anthony, sponsor)).


  1.    *Jeannette Wade and Robert L Peralta. “Perceived Racial Discrimination, Heavy Episodic Drinking and Alcohol Abstinence among Black and White College Students” 2016. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 16 (2): 165-180.  DOI:10.1080/15332640902897024(funded by NIDA R25DA030310 (R. L. Peralta); K05DA015799 (J.C. Anthony, sponsor).


  1. González-Forteza, Catalina, Alicia Edith, Hermosillo De, María De Los Ángeles Vacio-muro, Robert Peralta, and Fernando A. Wagner. “Depression among Adolescents. A Hidden Problem for Public Health and Clinical Practice” 2015. BoletínMédico del Hospital Infantil de Mexico 72 (2): 149–155. DOI: 10.1016/j.bmhimx.2015.05.006.