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Penny Leisring

Professor of Psychology

BA, Connecticut College; PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook

College of Arts & Sciences


PS 391

Applied Clinical Science Seminar (SL: Service Learning) - Fall 2018

PS 393

Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL:Service Learning) - Fall 2018

PS 394

Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL: Service Learning) - Spring 2019

PS 372

Child Psychopathology - Fall 2018

PS 272

(UC) Abnormal Psychology - Spring 2019



Phone Number

(203) 582-8457

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I was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. I have been working at Quinnipiac University since the fall of 2001. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and teach a variety of courses related to psychological disorders and their treatments. I conduct research on intimate partner violence and oversee a group of undergraduates who assist me with research studies. Two courses that I developed here at QU are Child Psychopathology and the Intimate Partner Violence Seminar. I enjoy supervising students who have internships in the local community at various mental health treatment agencies and special education schools.

Research Interests

I am interested in the development, maintenance, and effects of aggressive behavior across the life span; psychological, physical, and sexual forms of partner violence perpetrated by male and female partners; cyberstalking behaviors, and cyber forms of psychological partner abuse.

Selected Publications

Leisring, P.A. & Giumetti, G.W. (2014). Sticks and stones may break my bones, but abusive text messages also hurt: Development and validation of the cyber psychological abuse (CPA) scale. Partner Abuse, 5(3), 323-341. Leisring, P.A. (2013). Physical and emotional abuse in romantic relationships: Motivation for perpetration among college women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(7), 1437-1454. Leisring, P.A. (2011). Top 10 reasons why women’s perpetration of intimate partner violence is an important area of inquiry. Partner Abuse, 2(4), 452-467. Sudderth, L.K., Leisring, P.A., & Bronson, E.F. (2010). If they don’t tell us, it never happened: Disclosure of experiences of intimate violence on a college campus. Canadian Woman Studies, 28(1), 56-64. Leisring, P.A. (2009). What will happen if I punch him? Expected consequences of female violence against male dating partners. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, Special Issue: Female Offenders of Intimate Partner Violence, 18(7), 739-751. Leisring, P.A. (2009). Stalking made easy: How information and communication technologies are changing the way people monitor and harass one another. In S. Kleinman (Ed.) The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. Dowd, L., & Leisring, P. A. (2008). A framework for treating partner aggressive women. Violence and Victims, Special Issue: Recent Advances in the Treatment of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse, 23(2), 249-263. Leisring, P.A. (2007). Therapy at a distance: Information and communication technologies and mental health. In S. Kleinman (Ed.) Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the 21st Century (pp. 189-205). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. Leisring, P.A., Dowd, L., & Rosenbaum, A. (2005). Abuse histories and symptoms of posttraumatic stress in partner aggressive women. Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin, 21(1), 5-12. Dowd, L., Leisring, P. A., & Rosenbaum, A. (2005). Partner aggressive women:Characteristics and treatment attrition. Violence and Victims, 20(2), 219-233. Rosenbaum, A., & Leisring, P.A. (2003). Beyond power and control: Towards an understanding of partner abusive men. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 34(1), 7-22. Leisring, P.A., Dowd, L., & Rosenbaum, A. (2003). Treatment of partner aggressive women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 7, 257-277. Simultaneously printed in D. Dutton, & D. Sonkin (Eds.), Intimate Violence: Contemporary Treatment Innovations (pp. 257-277). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press. Rosenbaum, A., & Leisring, P.A. (2001). Group intervention programs for batterers. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 5(2), 57-71.

Courses Taught

I teach many different courses including: Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Clinical Psychology, Personality, Intimate Partner Violence, our thesis couse, and a seminar along with fieldwork supervision for senior psychology majors in the human services concentration. I also teach QU 101 The Individual in the Community and in the past I have taught a course about careers for psychology majors.