Katarzyna Celinska

Katarzyna Celinska

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PhD    University of Utah, (Sociology)
MA      University of Warsaw (Law)


Katarzyna Celinska grew up in Poland where she attended the University of Warsaw. Her master’s thesis focused on analyzing sociological and legal implications of infanticide in Poland. She earned her doctorate in Sociology at the University of Utah, completing a dissertation entitled “Individualism and Collectivism in America: The Case of Gun Ownership.” An article based on her dissertation is published in Sociological Perspectives. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IHHCPAR) at Rutgers University, she examined how imprisoned mothers struggle to maintain their maternal identities while separated from their children. From this qualitative data, she has developed a typology of coping strategies. Dr. Celinska, in collaboration with the Violence Institute of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), currently Rutgers University, oversaw an evaluation of Functional Family Therapy, a program for court-involved youth with disciplinary and behavioral problems. Currently, she is developing a multi-phase research project on incarcerated women.  


Celinska, K. (2015). Effectiveness of Functional Family Therapy for mandated versus non-mandated youth. Juvenile & Family Court Journal 66, 4, 17-27.

Celinska, K. (2015). Attitudes towards minorities in post-communist and democratic Poland. Studies in Nationalism and Ethnicity 15, 13, 474-491.

Celinska, K., Cheng Ch., and Virgil, N. (2015). Youth and parental perspectives on the Functional Family Therapy program. Journal of Family Therapy 37, 450-470.

Celinska, K., & H.Sung (2014). Gender differences in the determinants of prison rule violations. The Prison Journal 94, 2, 220-241.

Celinska, K. & A. Gutkowska (2014). The Polish Roma: From a persecuted to a protected minority. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 38, 2, 157-171.

Celinska, K., Furrer, S., & Cheng, Ch. (2013). An outcome-based evaluation of Functional Family Therapy for youth with behavioral problems. Journal of Juvenile Justice 2, 23 -36.

Celinska, K. (2013). The role of family in the lives of incarcerated women. The Prison Service Journal 207, 23 – 26.

Hirschfield, J.P., & K. Celinska (2011). Beyond fear: Sociological perspectives on the criminalization of school discipline. Sociology Compass 5, 1, 1 – 12.

Celinska, K., & J.A. Siegel (2010). Mothers in trouble—coping with actual or pending separation from children due to incarceration. The Prison Journal, 90, 4, 447 – 474.

Celinska, K. (2007). Individualism and Collectivism in America: The case of gun ownership and attitudes toward gun control. Sociological Perspectives, 50, 2, 229 – 248.  

White, H., T. Morgan, L. Pugh, K. Celinska, E. Labouvie, & R. Pandina (2006). Evaluating two brief substance use interventions for mandated college students.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 67, 2, 309 – 317.

Celinska, K. (2000). Volunteer involvement in ex-offender readjustment: Reducing the stigma of imprisonment. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 30, 3/4, 99 – 116.


Research interest

Violence prevention, Program evaluation, Juvenile delinquency intervention, Community reintegration of offenders, Inmate adjustment, Impact of imprisonment on offenders and their families, Gender-related issues in criminal justice, International criminal justice/Poland