Penelope Morrison

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Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health, Health & Human Development
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Administration, 111B
0002 Administration Building
New Kensington, PA 15068

Dr. Morrison holds a PhD in medical anthropology and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to arriving at Penn State New Kensington, Dr. Morrison served as a co-investigator and senior research associate at Magee-Womens Research Institute where she developed interdisciplinary collaborations with investigators at RAND, Veterans Affairs Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and the University of Pittsburgh. She has also served as a qualitative methodological expert on projects related to veteran’s health, PTSD, informed consent, maternal to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ youth and substance use, telemedicine, and patient-provider substance use communication.

Research Interests

Dr. Morrison's own research interests are focused on addressing health disparities for underserved populations of women and children. Her most recent research utilizes traditional ethnographic methods to investigate what intervention practices work best for promoting long term behavioral change among men who perpetrate violence against women, and how to best stem the epidemic of intimate partner violence in the United States.


COVID-19 and its impact on intimate partner violence: The intersection of health, justice, and the path forward - October 23, 2020
Collaborator: Richard Wentling, Co-Author

Pregnant victims of intimate partner homicide in the National Violence Death Reporting System database, 2003-2015: A descriptive analysis. - July 29, 2020
Collaborators: Chelsea Pallatino; Rachel Fusco; Tanya Kenkre; Judy Chang; Elizabeth Krans

Key components of the batterer intervention program processes: an analysis of observational data from two-community based BIPs.., Journal of Family Issues
Collaborators: Sara Goodkind; Patricia Cluss; Lynn Hawker; Donna George; Elizabeth Miller; Judy Chang

Male IPV perpetrators perspectives on facilitation of batterer intervention programs., Partner Abuse - December, 2019
Collaborators: Patricia Cluss; Elizabeth Miller; Rhonda Fleming; Terry Bicehouse; Judy Chang

Human services utilization among male IPV perpetrators: Relationship to timing and completion of batterer intervention programs., Violence and Victims - 2019
Collaborators: Kelley Jones; Elizabeth Miller; Patricia Cluss; Lynn Hawker; Donna George; Terry Bicehouse; Rhonda Fleming ; Judy Chang

Male intimate partner violence perpetrators’ perceptions of the positives and negatives of peer interactions in group batterer intervention programs., Violence Against Women - November, 2019
Collaborators: Donna George; Patricia Cluss; Elizabeth Miller; Lynn Hawker; Rhonda Fleming; Terry Bichehouse; Jessica Burke; Judy Chang

The operational challenges for batterer intervention programs results from a 2-Year study., Journal of Interpersonal Violence - July 1, 2019
Collaborators: Lynn Hawker; Elizabeth Miller; Patricia Cluss; Donna George; Rhonda Fleming; Terry Bicehouse; Kalem Wright; Jessica Burke; Judy Chang

The role of accountability in batterer intervention programs and community response to intimate partner violence., Journal of Family Issues - March 25, 2019
Collaborators: Chelsea Pallatino; Elizabeth Miller; Jessica Burke; Patricia Cluss; Rhonda Fleming; Lynn Hawker; Donna George; Terry Bicehouse; Kalem Wright; Judy Chang

Messages about contraception and condoms in mother-adolescent dyadic conversations: knowledge, risks and effectiveness., Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynocology - February 16, 2019
Collaborators: Camille McCallister; Aletha Akers; Ashley Worlds

The influence of batterer intervention programs on male perpetrators of intimate partner violence: Reports of change in beliefs and behaviors., Journal of Offender Rehabilitation - September, 2018
Collaborators: Elizabeth Miller; Lynn Hawker; Patricia Cluss; Terry Bicehouse; Kalem Wright; Donna George; Rhonda Fleming; Jessica Burke; Judy Chang

Hepatitis C virus knowledge among pregnant women with opioid use disorder., Maternal and Chilld Health - August, 2018
Collaborators: Elizabeth Krans; Scott Rothenberger; Seo Young Park; Leah Klocke; Mary Turocy; Susan Zickmund

The challenges of working with men who perpetrate partner violence: perspectives and observations of experts who work with batterer intervention programs., Journal of Interpersonal Violence - June 13, 2018
Collaborators: Lynn Hawker; Patricia Cluss; Elizabeth Miller ; Rhonda Fleming; Donna George; Terry Bicehouse ; Jessica Burke; Kalem Wright; Judy Chang

Abstinence messages in conversations between mothers and their young adolescent sons and daughters., Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology - April, 2018
Collaborators: Kanika Ramchandani; Melanie Gold; Aletha Akers

Identifying strategies for effective telemedicine use in intensive care units: the ConnECCT study protocol., International Journal of Qualitative Methods - October 6, 2017
Collaborators: Kimberly Rak; Courtney Kuza; Lauren Ellen Ashcraft; Derek Angus; Amber Barnato; Marilyn Hravnak; Tina Hershey; Jeremy Kahn

Elements needed for quality batterer intervention programs: perspectives of professionals who deal with intimate partner violence., Journal of Family Violence - July, 2017
Collaborators: Patricia Cluss; Elizabeth Miller; Rhonda Fleming; Lynn Hawker; Terry Bicehouse; Donna George; Kalem Wright; Judy Chang

Adult male perpetrators' perspectives on what prevention approaches work best for young boys at risk of future intimate partner violence perpetration., Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma - June 23, 2017
Collaborators: Elizabeth Miller; Jessica Burke; Patricia Cluss; Rhonda Fleming; Lynn Hawker; Donna George; Terry Bicehouse; Kalem Wright; Judy Chang

“Anything above marijuana takes priority”: obstetric providers’ attitudes and counseling strategies regarding perinatal marijuana use., Patient Education and Counseling - September, 2016
Collaborators: Cynthia Holland; Michelle Nkumsah; Jill Tarr; Doris Rubio; Keri Rodriguez; Kevin Kraemer; Nancy Day; Robert Arnold; Judy Chang


Other, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Ph D, Medical Anthropology , University of Pittsburgh