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Ellen Gutowski

Ellen Gutowski
Assistant Professor


Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Gutowski’s interests include promoting the well-being of underserved populations, understanding the role of psychosocial factors (stress, trauma, relationships) in mental health and functioning, and engaging in social justice work within psychology. Her ongoing research centers on women’s experiences with poverty and intimate partner violence. She is particularly committed to understanding how systems-level responses to women who are affected by these two stressors may either promote well-being or unintentionally cause harm.

She is a scientist-practitioner and received her PhD from Boston College, served as a clinical fellow for two years at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and completed her clinical residency at Emory School of Medicine.

Teaching Overview

1202 Theories and Techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy

1209/1263 Research Methods

Representative Publications

Hailes, H., Ceccolini, C., Gutowski, E., Liang, B. (2021). Guidelines for social justice work: An addendum to the APA code of ethics. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 52(1), 1-11.

Gutowski, E. & Goodman, L. A. (2020). “Like I’m invisible”: IPV survivor-mothers’ perceptions of seeking child custody through the family court system. Journal of Family Violence, 35, 441-457.

Kozan, S., Gutowski, E. & Blustein, D. L. (2020). A qualitative exploration of women’s work dreams and beliefs on meritocracy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(2), 195-207.


Selected grants/contracts

Nia Project COVID-19 initiative for abused women
Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation
PI: Kaslow; Co-Investigators: Dunn, Gutowski

Link Between IPV Exposure and Mistrust in the Healthcare System among Low-Income African American Women
Emory Medical Care Foundation
PI: Dunn; Co-Investigators: Wootten, Gutowski, Smith, Selby, Alonso & Braden

Nia Project COVID-19 initiative for abused women
Glenn Family Foundation
PI: Kaslow; Co-Investigators: Dunn, Gutowski

Nia Project COVID-19 initiative for abused women
Tull Foundation
PI: Kaslow; Co-Investigators: Dunn, Gutowski

Coercive Control in the Courtroom: Legal abuse and its correlates
Larry J. Siegel Fellowship, Division of Victimology, American Society of Criminology
PI: Gutowski