Dr. Leanna J. Papp is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Population Health Sciences and is a core member of the Violence Against Women Faculty Cluster. Dr. Papp’s research centers the “mundane,” everyday experiences of sexual violence that women experience in public and semi-public drinking spaces, such as parties, bars, and clubs. Their primary line of research examines how women appraise and respond to everyday violence with an eye toward the processes and implications of normalizing it. A secondary line of research considers how sexual violence policy and law shapes people’s perspectives on such behavior. Across projects, Dr. Papp is invested in critical and innovative methods, inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration, and conducting research with translational potential for programming, policy, patient care, and more. 

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Education & Specialties


  • PhD in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan
  • MS in Psychology, University of Michigan
  • BS in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Mary Washington

Areas of Expertise

  • Violence against women
  • Campus sexual violence
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods
  • Feminist theories and methodologies

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