Mamta Saxena, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interest includes but is not limited to issues related to pregnant women, infants and toddlers, sibling relationships, extended family members, parenting and discipline, developmental disabilities across life span, caregiving of aging adults with disabilities, and evaluation of programs for children. Currently, I am gaining information on associations between meditation and spiritual development and positive mental health.

I am a strong proponent of applied/translational research and for me utility of research lies in enabling positive growth and development across human life span. I consider mixed methods a critical component of rigorous and systematic research. My PhD dissertation and Master’s thesis were both a mixed method study and utilized quantitative and qualitative research and analyses approach.

In addition to the thesis and dissertation research, I wrote quarterly reports on program processes and outcomes at three Early Head Start program (2010- 2013) sites of EASTCONN in Northeast CT. These programs were attended by low income families. The qualitative and quantitative data collected was employed to improve effectiveness of the program and served as a constructive feedback to the staff.


BS. Home Science 1996, University of Delhi, India
MS. Child Development, 1998, University of Delhi, India
PhD Human Development and Family Studies, CT

Featured Publications

Published Articles:
Saxena, M. (2015). Variables that can enhance and complicate adult sibling caregiving of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 12, 210-219.
Saxena, M., & Adamsons, K. (2013). Bioecological framework and siblings of individuals with disabilities. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 5, 300-316.
Saxena, M., & Sharma, N. (2000). Growing up with a mentally retarded child: A study of adolescent siblings. Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies, 16, 16-23.

Works in progress and under review:
Saxena M. (Under review). Correlates of caregiving burden among Sibling Carergivers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Manuscript submitted to American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Saxena, M. & Farrell, A.F. Adamsons, K. (in Development). Empirical Examination of Caregiving Processes and Outcomes among Adult Siblings of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Manuscript to be submitted in American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Saxena M. & Mauldin, L. (in Development). We are family! Experiences and Anecdotes of Sibling Carergivers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies
348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058
Storrs, CT 06269-1058
Office LocationFamily Studies Building, Room 203