Dr. Michele Cascardi

Office: Science East 2051
Phone: 973-720-3323
Email: cascardim@wpunj.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 am-12:30 pm & by appointment

Department: Psychology
Position: Professor

Area Specialization
Clinical Psychology


Research Interests

  • Measurement of adolescent relationship violence and abuse
  • Mechanisms to explain how childhood victimization relates to intimate partner violence
  • Prevention of relationship violence and sexual assault  on high school and college campuses using bystander education 


  • General Psychology (PSY 1100)
  • Psychology of Law (PSY 2750)
  • Developmental Psychopathology (PSY 6090)
  • Practicum I (PSY 6900)
  • Dissertation I (PSY 7003)
  • Dissertation II (PSY 7004)

Recent peer-reviewed publications

Cascardi, M., & Avery-Leaf, S. (in press). Correlates of persistent victimization by romantic partners: A short-term prospective study. Violence and Victims.

Cascardi, M., Kraus, A., Salis, K.L., O’Leary, K.D., Sargent, K., Grych, J.H., & Jouriles, E.N. (2018). The Bystander Behavior Scale: Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Association with Prior Victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi.org/10.1177/0886260518794011DOI: 10.1177/0886260518794011

Cascardi, M., King, C., Rector, D., & DelPozzo, J. (2018). School-based violence prevention laws: Overlapping or distinct? Special Issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence: Preventing violence: The role of public policies in preventing intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence. doi.org/10.1177/0886260518798357DOI: 0.1177/0886260518798357

Chesin, M., & Cascardi, M. (2018). Cognitive-Affective Correlates of Suicide Ideation and Attempt are Not Modified by Impulsive-Aggression in Emerging Adults. Archives of Suicide Research. Accepted 22 May 2018, Published online June 11, 2018. doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2018.1480984

Cascardi, M., Chesin, M., & Kammen, M.  (2018). Personality correlates of intimate partner violence subtypes: A latent class analysis. Aggressive Behavior, 44(4), 348-361. doi: 10.1002/ab.21756

Cascardi, M., & Jouriles, E.N. (2018). A study space analysis and narrative review of trauma informed mediators of dating violence. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 19(3), 266-285. doi: 10.1177/1524838016659485

Shpiegel, S., & Cascardi, M. (2017) The Impact of Early Childbirth on Socioeconomic Outcomes and Risk Indicators among Females Emancipating from Foster Care. Children and Youth Services Review. Published online November 2, 2017. doi/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.11.001

Jouriles, E.N., Sargent, K. S., Salis, K. L., Caiozzo, C., Rosenfield, D., Cascardi, M., Grych, J. H., O’Leary, K. D., McDonald, R. (2017). TakeCARE, a Video to Promote Bystander Behavior on College Campuses: Replication and Extension. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published online August 3, 2017. doi/org/10.1177/0886260517718189

Cascardi, M., Jouriles, E.N., & Temple, J.R. (2017). Shared and distinct correlates of psychological and physical partner violence perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published online April 13, 2017. doi/10.1177/0886260517702492

Cascardi,, & Muzyczyn, B. (2016). Concordant responding on the physical assault/abuse subscales of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales 2 and Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory. Psychology of Violence6(2), 303-312.

Shpiegel, S., Cascardi, M., & Dineen, M. (2016). A social ecology analysis of childbirth among females emancipating from foster care. Journal of Adolescent Health. Published online November 19, 2016. doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.09.013

Cascardi, M., Blank, S., & Dodani, V. (2016). Comparison of the CADRI and CTS2 for measuring psychological and physical dating violence perpetration and victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published online October 20, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0886260516670182

Cascardi, M., & Jouriles, E.N. (2016). A study space analysis and narrative review of trauma informed mediators of dating violence. Trauma, Violence and Abuse. Published online July 28, 2016, doi: 10.1177/1524838016659485

Cascardi, (2016). From violence in the home to physical dating violence victimization: The mediating role of psychological distress in a prospective study of female adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Published online February 22, 2016, doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0434-1

Cascardi, M., & Brown, C. (2016). Concept creep or meaningful expansion? Response to Haslam. Psychological Inquiry, 27 (1), 24-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2016.1111123

Cascardi, M., Armstrong, D., Chung, L. & Pare, D. (2015). Pupil response to threat: A comparison of trauma-exposed individuals with or without PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 370-374.

Cascardi, M., & Avery-Leaf, S. (2015). Gender differences in dating aggression and victimization among low income, urban middle school students. Partner Abuse, 6, 1-20.

Shpiegel, S., & Cascardi, M. (2015). Adolescent parents in the first wave of the National Youth in Transition Database. Journal of Public Child Welfare. Published online April 30, 2015. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2015.1043687

Cascardi, M., Brown, C., Shpiegel, S., & Alvarez, A. (2015) Where have we been and where are we going? A conceptual framework for child advocacy. SAGE Open. Published online March 15, 2015.  doi: 10.1177/2158244015576763.

Cascardi, M. & Avery-Leaf, S. (2014). Case study of a school-based universal dating violence prevention program. SAGE Open.Online publication 22 September 2014. doi: 10.1177/2158244014551716.

Cascardi, M., Brown, C., Iannarone, M, & Cardona, N. (2014). The problem with overly broad definitions of bullying: Implications for the school house, the state house, and the ivory tower. Journal of School Violence, 13, 253-276.

Goswami, S., Sierra, O.R., Cascardi, M., & Pare, D. (2013). Animal models of post traumatic stress disorder: Face validity. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7, Article 39, Published online, no page numbers noted: http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnins.2013.00089/full

Goswami, S., Samuel, S., Sierra, O.R., Cascardi, M., & Pare, D. (2012). A rat model of post traumatic stress disorder reproduces deficits seen in the human syndrome. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 6, 26-31, http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnbeh.2012.00026/abstract

Goswami, S, Cascardi, M, Sierra Rodriguez, O, Duvarci, S, & Pare, D. (2010). Impact of predatory threat on fear extinction in Lewis rats. Learning and Memory, 17, 494-501.

Other peer-reviewed publications on partner violence

O’Leary, K.D., Smith Slep, A., Avery-Leaf, S., & Cascardi, M. (2008). Gender differences in dating aggression among multiethnic high school students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 473-9.

Slep, AS, Cascardi, M, Avery-Leaf, S & O’Leary, KD (2001). Two new measures of attitudes about the acceptability of teen dating aggression. Psychological Assessment, 13, 306-318.

Watson, J, Cascardi, M, Avery-Leaf, S, & O’Leary, KD. (2001).  High school students’ responses to dating violence.  Violence and Victims, 16, 339-348.

Foa, EB, Cascardi, M, Feeny, NC, & Zoellner, LA. (2000). Psychological and environmental factors associated with partner violence. Violence, Aggression and Trauma, 1 67-91.

Cascardi, M, Avery-Leaf, S, O’Leary, KD, & Slep, AS. (1999).  Factor structure of the Conflict Tactics Scale in multiethnic high school samples.  Psychological Assessment, 11, 546-555.

Cascardi, M, O'Leary, KD, & Schlee, KA. (1999).  Correlates and co-occurrence of depression and post traumatic stress disorder in physically abused women.  Journal of Family Violence, 14, 227-249.

Cano, A, Avery-Leaf, S, Cascardi, M & O'Leary, KD. (1998).  Dating violence in two high school samples: Discriminating variables.  Journal of Primary Prevention, 18, 431-446.

Avery-Leaf, S, Cascardi, M,  O'Leary, KD, & Cano, A. (1997).  Efficacy of a dating violence prevention program on attitudes justifying aggression.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 21, 11-17.

Cascardi, M, Mueser, KT, DeGirolamo, J, & Murrin, M. (1996).  Physical aggression against psychiatric inpatients by family members and partners: A descriptive study.  Psychiatric Services, 47, 531-534.

Cascardi, M, Riggs, DS, Hearst-Akeda, DE., & Foa, EB. (1996).  Objective ratings of assault safety as predictors of chronic PTSD.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 11, 65-78.

Cascardi, M, & Vivian, D. (1995).  Context for specific episodes of marital aggression: Gender and severity of violence differences.  Journal of Family Violence, 10, 263-281.

Cascardi, M, O'Leary, KD, Lawrence, E, & Schlee, KA. (1995).  Characteristics of women physically abused by their spouses who seek treatment regarding marital conflict.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63, 616-623.

Birns, B, Cascardi, M, & Meyer, S. (1994). Gender roles and wife abuse: A developmental perspective. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 64, 50-59.

Cascardi, M & O'Leary, KD. (1992).  Depressive symptomatology, self-esteem, and self blame in battered women. Journal of Family Violence, 7, 157-163.

Cascardi, M, Langhinrichsen, J, & Vivian, D. (1992).  Marital aggression: Impact, injuries, and health correlates for husbands and wives. Archives of Internal Medicine, 152, 1178-1184.

Meyer, S, Murphy, CM, Cascardi, M, & Birns, B. (1991). Gender and relationships: Beyond the peer group.  American Psychologist, 46, 537.

Book Chapters 

Bujalski, A. & Cascardi, M. (forthcoming, January 2019). Self-reports and questionnaires. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology.

Cascardi, M., Avery-Leaf, S., & Rosselli, M. (2018). Conflict Tactics Scale- 2. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breulin (eds). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer.doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_392-1

Cascardi, M. & Jouriles, E. N. (2018). Exposure to family of origin violence and adolescent dating violence. In D. Wolfe and J. R. Temple (eds.) Adolescent Dating Violence: Theory, Research, and Prevention. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

Cascardi, M., & Bujalski, A. (2017). Standardized Assessment of Miranda Abilities. The Twentieth Mental Measurements Yearbook. In Carlson, J. F., Geisinger, K. F., & Jonson, J. L. (eds.). NE: University of Nebraska Press, Buros Center for Testing.

Avery-Leaf, S & Cascardi, M. (2002). Preventing intimate partner violence in adolescents: A Developmental perspective. In Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Life Span. P.A. Schewe (Ed.). American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Cascardi, M & Avery-Leaf, S. (2000). Violence against women: Synthesis of research for secondary school officials. National Institute of Justice, NCJRS Document No. 201342, 1-25.

Murphy, CM & Cascardi, M. (1999).  Psychological aggression and abuse in marriage.  Family violence: Prevention and treatment 2nd ed. In R. Hampton, T. Gulotta, G.R. Adams, E.H. Potter III, and R.P. Weissberg (Eds.).  Sage: Newbury Park, CA, 198-226.

O'Leary, KD & Cascardi, M. (1998).  Physical aggression in marriage: A developmental analysis. In T. Bradbury (Ed.) The developmental course of marital dysfunction.  Cambridge University Press: UK, 343-376.

Murphy, CM & Cascardi, M. (1993).  Psychological aggression and abuse in marriage.  Family violence: Prevention and treatment.  In R. Hampton, T. Gulotta, G.R. Adams, E.H. Potter III, and R.P. Weissberg (Eds.).  Sage: Newbury Park, CA, 86-112.

Other peer-reviewed publications

Dobkin, RD, Panzarella, C, Alloy, LB, Cascardi, M, Truesdell, K, & Gara, M. (2007). Assessing an interpersonal-cognitive risk factor for depression: Preliminary validation of the Social Feedback Questionnaire. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 765-780.

Dobkin, RD, Panzarella, C, Fernandez, J, Alloy, L, & Cascardi, M. (2004). Adaptive inferential feedback, depressogenic inferences, and depressed mood: A laboratory study of the expanded Hoplessness Theory. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 28, 485-509.

Cascardi, M, Poythress, NG, & Hall, A. (2000).  Procedural justice in the context of civil commitment: An analogue study. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 18, 731-740.

Blank, KR, Cascardi, M, & Kao, GD. (1999). The utility and cost-effectiveness of serial complete blood count monitoring in patients receiving radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, 44, 317-321.

Hernandez, M, Hodges, S, & Cascardi, M. (1998).  System accountability in children's mental health: An ecology framework.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 25, 136-150.

Sydeman, SJ, Cascardi, M, Poythress, NG, & Ritterband, L. (1997). Procedural justice in the context of civil commitment: A critique of Tyler's analysis.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 3,207-221.

Cascardi, M, Poythress, NG, & Ritterband, LM. (1997).  Stability of psychiatric patients' perceptions of their hospital admission experience.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53, 833-839.

Cascardi, M & Poythress, NG. (1997).  Correlates of perceived coercion in psychiatric inpatients.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 20, 445-458.

Williams, TY, Boyd, JC, Cascardi, M, & Poythress, NG. (1996).  The factor structure and convergent validity of the Aggression Questionnaire in an offender population.  Psychological Assessment, 8, 398-403.

Hall, K, Cascardi, M, & Kutash, K. (February, 1996).  CAFAS as an outcome measure in the Alternative Residential Treatment Study, 8th Annual Conference Proceedings:A System of Care for Children's Mental Health Expanding the Research Base, no page#.

Poythress, NG, Cascardi, M, & Ritterband, LM. (1996).  Capacity to consent to voluntary hospitalization: Searching for a satisfactory Zinermon screen.  Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, 24, 439-452.