Jill A. Cermele
Associate Professor of Psychology



Hannan House 205





Women's Resistance to Violence lab:


Office Hours:

Wed. 9:00-11:00, 1:00-2:00. Fridays by appointment.


PSYC 3/Introductory Psychology
PSYC 4/Introduction to Psychological Inquiry
PSYC 102/Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 108/Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 130/Diagnosis and the DSM-IV-TR
PSYC 140/Seminar in Gender Violence & Women's Resistance
PSYC 140/Seminar in Critical Psychology

HON 108/Pre-honors Colloquium
WMST 12/Introduction to Women's Studies


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Delaware, 1998
M.A., University of Delaware, 1995
B.A., Drew University, 1992

Areas of Specialization & Research Interests 
Gender Violence and Women's Resistance
Efficacy of Self Defense Training for Women
Self Defense Training as a Clinical Intervention for Survivors of Trauma
Social Construction of Gender in Women's Firearms Use
Gender, Mental Health and Diagnosis
Feminist Psychology, Epistimology
, and Pedagogy

McCaughey, M. & Cermele, J. (in press).  Changing the hidden curriculum of campus rape prevention and education: Women’s self-defense as a key protective factor for a public health model of prevention.  Trauma, Violence and Abuse.


Anderson, K. L., & Cermele, J. (2014).  Public/private language aggression against women.  Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, 2(2), 274-293.


McCaughey, M., & Cermele, J. (2014).  Guest editors’ introduction.  Violence Against Women, 20(3), 247-251.


McCaughey, M. & Cermele, J. (2014).  Special issue:  Self defense against sexual assault (editors).  Violence Against Women, 20(3).


Cermele, J. (2011).  Unarmed self defense.  In M. Z. Stange, C. K. Oyster, & J. G. Golsen (Eds.) The encyclopedia of women in today’s world.  NY:  Sage Publications.


Cermele, J. (2010).  Telling our stories:  The importance of women’s narratives of resistance.  Violence Against Women, 16(10), 1162-1172.


Cermele, J., & DiLorenzo, J. C. (2010).  Women’s experiences of violence differ, but feminism is just about patriarchy and intersectionality is just about oppression.  [Book review.]  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 558-559.


Cermele, J. (2008, June 4).  What decades of quantitative research on the psychology of rape perception doesn’t tell us.  [Review of the book Accounting for rape:  Psychology, feminism and discourse analysis in the study of sexual violence.]  PsycCRITIQUES – Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books, 53 (No. 23).  


Ferro, C., Cermele, J., & Saltzman, A. (2008). Current perceptions of marital rape: Some good and not-so-good news. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(6), 764-779.

Anderson, K. L. & Cermele, J. (2008). "Is violence against men and women gendered?": Response to Richard Felsen. In D. Pardue (Ed.), Ruminations on Violence. Illinois: Waveland Press.

Cermele, J. A. (2004). Teaching resistance to teach resistance: the use of self defense in teaching about gender violence . Feminist Teacher, 15, 1-15.

Cermele, J.A., Daniels, S., & Anderson, K. L. (2001). Defining normal: Constructions of race and gender in the DSM-IV Casebook. Feminism & Psychology, 11(2), 229-247.

Cermele, J. A., Melendez-Pallitto, L., & Pandina, G. J. (2001). Intervention in compulsive hoarding: A case study. Behavior Modification, 25(2), 214-232.

Recent Presentations
Cermele, J. & Rosenblum, G. D. (March 2008). Women's Resistance: Not Just an Urban Legend. (Structured discussion leaders) Association for Women in Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Rosenblum, G. D., Taska, L. & Cermele, J. (February 2008). Self Defense Training as Clinical Intervention in Survivors of Personal Violence. (poster) American Psychological Association Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships, Washington, DC.

Betz, D., Lakin, J., & Cermele, J. (January 2008). The Impact of Sexist Humor on Women's Self-Stereotyping. (poster) Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rosenblum, G. D., Taska, L. & Cermele, J. (August 2007). IMPACT Basics as Clinical Intervention. Invited Presentation. (Invited presentation) IMPACT National Conference, New Mexico.

Anderson, K. & Cermele, J. A. (Februrary 2005). Theorizing Gender: Women's Aggression and Intimate Partner Violence. (Invited presentation) Association of Women in Psychology conference, Tampa , FL.  

Schaller, J. D., & Cermele, J. A. (April 2005). Judgments of cause, blame and responsibility in sexual assault: Theoretical and practical implications (poster). Eastern Psychological Association, Boston , MA .

Cermele, J. A. & Rosenblum, G. D. (March 2003). (panel chair). Enhancing women's self-efficacy regarding interpersonal violence: a state-dependent learning approach. Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, M.D.

Cermele, J. A., Rosenblum, G. D., & Chasen, K. (March 2003). Self defense training for therapists and clients: theoretical and practical considerations for feminist therapy. Association for Women in Psychology, Jersey City, NJ.