Russell, Brenda

Brenda Russell
Professor of Applied Psychology
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Franco, 120

Dr. Brenda Russell is a Professor of Psychology at Penn State Berks. Her scholarly and teaching interests include psychology and law, perceptions of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, homicide defendants, and the social psychological and cognitive aspects of jury decision making. She is particularly interested in how gender and sexual orientation play a role in evaluating defendants in cases of domestic violence, rape, sexual coercion, bullying, and sexual harassment.

Her latest edited book on domestic violence is called "Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBT+ community can be found at and research on female offenders and domestic violence (follow links for more info).

Dr. Russell also serves as consultant and program evaluator for various federal and state educational, law enforcement, justice, and treatment programs. Her teaching interest's include introduction to psychology, social psychology, psychology and the law (forensic psychology), research methods, social cognition, program evaluation, careers in psychology, senior capstone, psychology of gender, and criminal investigation.

Dr. Russell's Curriculum Vitae


Russell, B., Kraus, S. W., Oswald, D., & Chapleau, K. (2016). Perceptions of Blame in Interpersonal Violence: The Role of the Perpetrator’s Ability to Arouse Fear of Injury in the Victim. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260516646999

Patterson, K. L., Oswald, D. L., & Russell, B. (2016) Labeling Sexual Victimization Experiences: The Role of Sexism, Rape Myth Acceptance, and Tolerance for Sexual Harassment. Violence and Victims, 31(2), 332-346. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-13-00148

Russell, B. L., & Kraus, S. (2016). Perceptions of Partner Violence: How aggressor gender, masculinity/femininity, and victim gender influence criminal justice decisions. Deviant Behavior, 37(6), 679-691. doi:10.1080/01639625.2015.1060815.

Russell, B., Chapleau, K., & Kraus, S. W. (2015). When is it abuse? How assailant gender, sexual orientation, and protections orders influence perceptions of a case of intimate partner abuse. Partner Abuse, (6)(1), 47-64, doi: 10.1891/1946-6560.6.1.3

Russell, B. (2015). Editorial, Filling the Gap: In search of understanding partner violence in same sex relationships. Partner Abuse, Special Edition on Partner Violence in Same-Sex Relationships. Partner Abuse, (6)(1), 1-4, doi: 10.1891/1946-6560.6.1.3

Russell, B. L., & Oswald, D. (2015). Predictors of Tolerance of Sexual Harassment of Men: When Sexism Cuts Both Ways. Men and Masculinities. 1-21. doi: 10.1177/1097184X15602745


Ph.D., Applied Experimental Social Psychology, Emphasis in Psychology and Law, Saint Louis University