Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York



Dr. Piotrkowski received her B.A. in Philosophy, Political Theory and Intellectual History and her Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical). She is a Professor at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, where she also was the founding Director of the Institute for Women and Girls. Dr. Piotrkowski has a background in direct clinical practice and community mental health. Her primary focus is on research to prevent poverty and to promote well-being among low-income populations. More specifically, she has focused on the promotion of school readiness among low-income children, including children in Head Start, and on occupational stress and conflicts between work and family life, particularly for women in low-wage jobs. Most recently, she has been studying stereotypes of single mothers living in poverty. Her research has been supported by grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Ford, Carnegie, W.T. Grant and David and Lucile Packard and other foundations. Dr. Piotrkowski was the first behavioral scientist appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and has served on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and the Journal of Occupational Health. She has authored a book and published 40 articles and book chapters. In 2003, she traveled to South Africa to study women and social change, as part of a Fulbright-Hays Group Seminar Abroad.

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Piotrkowski, C. S. (2004). A community-based approach to school readiness in Head Start. In E. Zigler & S. Styfcoe (Eds). The Head Start debates (pp. 129-142). New Haven: Yale University Press.

Piotrkowski, C. S., & Carrubba, J. (1999). Child labor and exploitation. In J. Barling & K. Kelloway (Eds.). Youth and employment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Piotrkowski, C. S. (1997). Sexual harassment in the workplace. In J. Stellman, (Ed.), ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety. Geneva: International Labour Organization.

Swanson, N. G., Piotrkowski, C. S., Keita, G. P., & Becker, A. B. (1997). Occupational stress and women's health. In S. Gallant, G. P. Keita, & R. Royak-Schaler (Eds.), Psychosocial and behavioral factors in women's health care: A handbook for medical educators, practitioners and psychologists. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Lamb Parker, F., Piotrkowski, C.S., Horn, W.F., & Greene, S.M. (1995). The challenge for Head Start: Realizing its vision as a two-generation program. In S. Smith (Ed.), Two generation programs for families in poverty: A new intervention strategy. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing.

Piotrkowski, C.S.,, & Baker, A.J.L. (2004). Predicting discharge destination among adolescents in residential treatment. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 21, 69-87.

Piotrkowski, C. S., & Brannen, S. J. (2002). Exposure, threat appraisal, and lost confidence as predictors of PTSD symptoms following September 11. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 72, 476-485.

Piotrkowski, C. S., Botsko, M., & Matthews, E. (2001). Parents’ and teachers’ beliefs about children’s school readiness in a high-need community. Early Childhood Research Quarterly,15, 537-558.

Westman, M., & Piotrkowski, C.S. (1999). Work-family research in occupational health psychology. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 4(4), 301-306.

Piotrkowski, C. S. (1998). Gender harassment, job satisfaction, and distress among employed White and Minority women. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 3, 33-43.

Piotrkowski, C. S., & Kessler-Sklar, S. (1996). Welfare reform and access to family-supportive benefits in the workplace. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 66, 538-547.

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