Associate Professor and a member of Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, CUNY
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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 these qualitative data, she has developed a typology of coping strategies. Dr. Celinska, in collaboration with the Violence Institute, 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. 

Scholarly Work

Selected publications:

Celinska, K. & Cheng, Ch. (2017) Gender comparisons in the processes and outcomes of Functional Family Therapy. Journal of Juvenile Justice 6, 1, 82-97.

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.

Research Summary

Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy (2005 - 2014)

Multi-phased project on Incarcerated Women (2017 - present)