Office: Hannan House 205
Phone: 973-408-3849

Women’s Resistance Lab


PSYC 3/Introductory Psychology
PSYC 4/Writing in the Discipline of Psychology
PSYC 14/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


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

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.