Field of expertise:

Gender and crime

Childhood abuse

Substance use and treatment

Delinquent women


Academic position:


Chairperson, Status Committee

Chairperson, Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Head, Authority of Research and Publications


Phone: 972-50-9425019

Fax: 972-77-4407408

Office: 972-8-6789414

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Research projects in process:

  1. Gender Differences in Natural Recovery from Substance Use Disorders (with Dr. Keren Gueta and Prof. Natti Ronel, Bar-Ilan University); (Funder: Israel Anti- Drug Authority).

Articles in Refereed Journals

1. Chen G., & Einat, T. (2015a). The relationship between criminology studies and punitive attitudes. European Journal of Criminology, 12(2), 169-187.
2. Chen, G., & Gueta, K. (2015b). Child abuse, drug addiction and mental health problems of incarcerated women in Israel. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 39, 36-45.
3. Ronel, N., Elisha. E., & Chen, G. (2015c). Application of positive criminology in Retorno: A Jewish therapeutic community for people with addictions. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 54(2), 122-141.
4. Ezrahci, J., Rosiner, A., Hasid, Y., Chen, G., and Labad, J. (2015d). Research Evaluation on Family Discussion Group Program (KDAM) as an Alternative Procedure for Juvenile deliquents. Jerusalem: Division of Research, Planning and Training, Ministry of Welfare and Social Services.
5. Gueta, K., & Chen, G. (2015e). "I wanted to rebel, but there they hit me even harder": Discourse analysis of Israeli women offenders.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60(7), 787-807.
6. Chen, G., Elisha. E., Timor, U., & Ronel, N. (2015f). Why do adolescents drop out of a therapeutic community for people with drug addiction? Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25(1), 65-77.
7. Chen, G., & Gueta, K. (2016a). Childhood abuse and mental health problems: Does gender matter? Psychiatric Quarterly, 87(1), 189-202.
8. Chen, G., & Gueta, K. (2016b). Gender differences in childhood abuse and intergenerational transmission of crime and substance abuse among Israeli inmates. Journal of Family Violence, 31(6), 735-746.

9. Chen, G. (2016c). Punitive attitudes and casual attribution of crime among Israeli Police Officers: Is There a Gender Gap? Psychology, Crime & Law, 22(8), 758-776.
10. Gueta, K., & Chen, G. (2016d). Men and women inmates’ accounts of their pathways to crime: A gender analysis. Deviant Behavior, 37(12), 1459-1472.
11. Chen, G., & Gueta, K. (2016e). Childhood abuse and drug addiction among Israeli male inmates. The Prison Journal, 96 (5), 709-730.
12. Chen, G. (2016f). Does Gratitude promote recovery from substance misuse? Addiction Research and Theory, 25 (2), 121-128.
13. Chen G., & Einat, T. (2017a). To punish or not to punish – that is the question: The attitudes of criminology and criminal justice students in Israel toward punishment. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 61(3), 347–367.
14. Chen, G., & Gueta, K. (2017b). Lifetime history of suicidal ideation and attempts among incarcerated women in Israel. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9(5), 596-604.
15. Gueta, K, & Chen, G. (2017c). "Missed opportunities: perspectives of women and men inmates on their unsuccessful desistance". Feminist Criminology.
16. Chen, G. (2018a). Eating Disorders in Women’s Prisons: What Predicts the Risk? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(8), 2574-2583.
17. Chen, G. (2018b). Youth at risk: Research, prevention and application. Israeli Criminology, 7, 53-78 (Hebrew).
18. Chen, G. (2018c). Building Recovery Capital: The Role of “Hitting Bottom” in Desistance and Recovery from Substance Abuse and Crime. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 50(5), 420-429.
19. Chen, G, & Gueta, K. (2019a). Child abuse and cognitive appraisal of child abuse: Do gender differences exist? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63(11) 2050–2068.
20. Chen, G. (2019b). The Role of Self-Compassion in Recovery from Substance Abuse. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine
21. Chen, G, & Gueta, K. (2019c). Narrative review of the benefits, challenges, and dilemmas of conducting qualitative research in prison. Israeli Criminology, 8, 81-104.

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