She is currently a member of various committees, including the British Foundation for Psychotherapy Racism and Equity Committee, and the British Psychoanalytic Council Task Force, which are in the process of developing policies for clinicians regarding diversity issues.
Dr Ciclitira teaches mental health, clinical theory and practice, and qualitative research methods. Her clinical practice informs her teaching and research interests. She is a practising psychotherapist and works with adults of all ages in North London and Harley Street.
Dr Ciclitira's clinical practice informs all of her teaching. She has supervised MSc and PhD students on a wide range of topics including: attachment, gender, sexualities, the impact of self-harm on male prisoners, men and dieting, racism, psychoanalysis, feminism, qualitative methods, and women's health.
She teaches various aspects of mental health and qualitative research methods. She has designed and run various modules covering psychology and counselling and mental health, and qualitative research methods. Her teaching and learning has included designing the psychology of mental health (PSY3017) module and advanced research methods (PSY4011).
She has been an external examiner on the DPsych in Counselling Psychology, City University. She also supervises DPsych students at City University.
Dr Karen Ciclitira conducts research on a wide range of topics which include: clinical outcomes, clinicians' own therapy and training, gender, psychoanalysis, diversity, self harm, men and dieting, and women's health.
Payne, N., Ciclitira, K., Starr, F., Marzano, L., & Brunswick, N. (2014). Evaluation of long-term counselling at a community health service for women who are on a low income. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. DOI:10.1080/14733145.2013.877513
Marzano, L., Adler, J., & Ciclitira, K. (2014). Responding to repetitive, non-suicidal self-harm in an English male prison: Staff experiences, reactions and concerns. Legal and Criminological Psychology (in press). DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12025
Ciclitira, K. & Foster, N. (2012). Attention to Culture and Diversity in Psycho-analytic Clinical Trainings. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 28, 3, 353-373.
Ciclitira, K., Starr, F., Marzano, L., Brunswick, N., & Costa, A. (2012). Women Counsellors' experiences of personal therapy: a thematic analysis. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12, 2, 136-145.
Starr, F., Ciclitira, K., Brunswick, N, Costa, A., & Marzano, L. (2012). Comfort and challenge: A qualitative analysis of counsellor's experiences of supervision. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice, 86, 3, 334-351.
Marzano, L., Ciclitira, K., & Adler, J. (2012). The impact of staff responses on self-harming behaviours: prisoners' perspectives. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51, 1, 4-18.
Kelly, A., & Ciclitira, K. (2011). Eating and drinking habits of young London-based Irish men: a qualitative study. Journal of Gender Studies, 20, 3, 223-235.
Walton, K. & Ciclitira, K. (2011). Life on the psychiatric ward: a qualitative study. British Journal of Wellbeing, 2, 7, 41-43.
Marzano, L., Capdevila, R., Ciclitira, K., & Lazard, L. (2009). Justice and care: theorising the 'new man' and the 'caring father'. Psychology of Women Section Review, 11, 2, 11-20.
Capdevila, R., Ciclitira, K., Lazard, L., & Marzano, L. (2006). If I am woman, who are 'they''? The construction of 'other' feminisms. Psychology of Women Section Review, 8, 2, 23-30.
DeSouza, P., & Ciclitira, K. (2005). Men and dieting: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 6, 793-804.
Ciclitira, K., Marzano, L., Brunswick, N., Starr, F., & Berger, S. (2004). Theoretical and ethical issues in conducting research at a women's health centre. Psychology of Women Section Review, 6, 1, 60-69.
Ciclitira, K. (2004). Pornography, women and feminism: between pleasure and politics. Sexualities, 7, 3, 281-301.
Ciclitira, K., & Weaver, J. (Eds) (2002). The body. Psychologist, 15, 4, 180-198.
Powell, Claire and Ciclitira, Karen and Marzano, Lisa (2020) ‘Overwhelmed and powerless’: Staff perspectives on mother-infant separations in English prisons. Journal of Criminal Psychology . ISSN 2009-3829 (Published online first)
Powell, Claire and Ciclitira, Karen and Marzano, Lisa (2017) Mother-infant separations in prison. A systematic attachment-focused review of the academic and grey literature. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology , 28 (6). pp. 790-810. ISSN 1478-9949
Ciclitira, Karen and Starr, Fiona and Payne, Nicola and Clarke, Lisa and Marzano, Lisa (2017) A sanctuary of tranquillity in a ruptured world: evaluating long-term counselling at a women’s community health centre. Feminism & Psychology , 27 (4). pp. 530-552. ISSN 0959-3535
Powell, Claire and Marzano, Lisa and Ciclitira, Karen (2017) Mother-infant separations in prison. A systematic attachment-focused policy review. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology , 28 (2). pp. 274-289. ISSN 1478-9949
Marzano, Lisa and Ciclitira, Karen and Adler, Joanna R. (2016) Non-suicidal self-harm amongst incarcerated men: a qualitative study. Journal of Criminal Psychology , 6 (4). pp. 157-172. ISSN 2009-3829
Dr Ciclitira was the elected Chair of Psychology of Women Section (BPS) from 2006-2008. She has convened and run four BPS conferences, as well as various workshops and training days on diversity and training for clinicians at the clinical institutes (BAP and BPF).
She is a reviewer for a number of academic journals, grant boards and publishing companies. She is on the editorial board for the Psychology of Women (BPS) and Annual Review of Critical Psychology. She is also Director of Clinical Services, Harley Street Psychology Practice. She runs a private practice in Belsize Park in London, and is the Director of Services at a clinic in Harley Street.