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Brenda Lederach

My primary interest is in Environmental Psychology where I have researched methods of promoting environmentally responsible behaviors.

Brenda Lederach, M.S. received her B.S. in Psychology from University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. and her M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from Virginia Tech University. Her primary interest at the graduate level was in Environmental Psychology where she researched methods of promoting environmentally responsible behaviors. Ms. Lederach worked as a clinical psychologist in several positions in community behavioral healthcare and with the public education system. From 1997 to 2000 she was Director of Children’s Outpatient Services at Penn Foundation and from 2000 to 2010 she maintained a private practice.

She has worked primarily with children, adolescents, young adults and families and also with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Ms. Lederach also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Gwynedd-Mercy College from 2006 to 2011. She has worked as a Visiting Instructor at Ursinus College since 2007 teaching Introduction to Psychology, Educational Psychology, Diversity of Learners, Human Sexuality, Child Development, Adolescent Psychology, Lifespan Development, Personality Psychology, Psychology and the Law, Environmental Psychology, and Independent Research.




  • B.S., University of South Florida
  • M.S.,Virgina Tech


Child Development
Environmental Psychology
Human Sexuality
Psychology and Law

Research Interests

Professor Brenda Lederach’s research projects conducted with students:

Project 1 (2011) was an extensive survey of Ursinus College students to evaluate how emerging adults define “sex”.  Defining what behaviors constitute “having sex” is important for sexual health and responsibility.

Project 2 (2012)  - a survey of UC students regarding what behaviors they believe constitute sexual misconduct.  This project was in response to recent Title IX initiatives regarding sexual misconduct on college campuses.

Project 3 (2013) - “Is Gaydar Real?” - are people really able to judge the sexual orientation of strangers by looking at photographs?

Project 4 (2013) - How are people able to assess the sexual orientation of strangers in photographs: a deeper look at eye movements and facial features.