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Brenda RussellProfessor of Applied Psychology

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

e-mail: blr15@psu.edu
Phone: 610-396-6014
Office 120 Franco Building


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 research on domestic violence can be seen in her book entitled Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense: History, Effectiveness, and Implications (see 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 interests 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.

Most Recent Publications:

Russell, B.L. (Ed.) (2013). Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Response. Springer, NY. Synopsis »

Shernock, S. & Russell, B. L. (2012). Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Criminal Justice Decision Making in Intimate Partner Violence Cases. (Invited Paper, Special Issue: Partner Abuse State of  Knowledge Project) Partner Abuse, 3(4), 501-530.

Russell, B. L. (2012). Effectiveness, Victim Safety, Characteristics and Enforcement of Protective Orders. (Invited Paper, Special Issue: Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project) Partner Abuse, 3(4), 531-552.

Russell, B. L., Ragatz, L., & Kraus, S. W. (2012). Expert testimony of the battered person syndrome, defendant gender, and sexual orientation in a case of duress: Evaluating legal decisions. Journal of Family Violence, 27(7) 659-670.

Russell, B. L., Oswald, D. L., & Kraus, S. W. (2011). Evaluations of Sexual Assault: Perceptions of guilt and legal elements for male and female aggressors using various coercive strategies. Violence and Victims, 26(6), 799-815.

Russell, B. L. (2010), Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense: History, Effectiveness, and Implications. McFarland & Company, Inc: Jefferson, NC.