Anna D. Ziencina, PhD

Anna Ziencina earned her PhD in Legal Psychology and her MA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso, where her research broadly focused on juvenile legal decision-making. She conducted studies on adolescents’ understanding of the law, the impact of incarceration on adolescent social development, and adolescent engagement in risk-taking behavior—in addition to studies in areas of social influence and adherence to the law.

While pursuing her doctoral degree, Anna also taught courses in advanced and introductory statistics and earned her Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods. Through her training, Anna has become highly skilled in research methods, survey construction, statistical analysis, data interpretation, and the application of research findings to the legal field.

Anna has worked as a consultant on the development and evaluation of a re-entry program for juveniles processed through the El Paso Juvenile Probation Department. She has experience with multi-method research design, including the design and implementation of structured interviews, daily diary questionnaires, physiological data collection, and quantitative and qualitative surveys geared towards both community and justice-involved populations.