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. Two courses that I developed here at QU are Child Psychopathology and the Intimate Partner Violence Seminar.

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in the development, maintenance, effects, and treatment of aggressive behavior across the lifespan. Specifically I am interested in psychological and physical partner violence perpetrated by males and females and I am also interested in parenting styles that lead to child aggression and oppositional behavior.

Selected Publications

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.