Maria Kulesza, MSc
Ph. D. Student
+48 22 5892 235

About me:

I started my PhD studies at the Laboratory of Brain Imaging in 2017. My main project was titled „Neural correlates of cognitive and emotional changes in Major Depressive Disorder due to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy”, under supervision of professor Artur Marchewka and Marek Wypych, PhD.

Before, I studied psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw (2012-2017). My masters thesis was titled “Susceptibility to social stress and socio-emotional functioning in women with Borderline Personality Disorder”. It was supervised by Agnieszka Pluta, PhD. Our project arose from my interest in personality disorders and social cognition, which has not changed since. We are still gathering further data and already published two articles (Grzegorzewski et al., 2019, Pluta et al., 2018). The third is in preparation (Kulesza et al.).

Outside of LOBI I was collaborating with professor Mateusz Gola and Małgorzata Draps in their research on Compulsive Sexual Behavior.

I am tirelessly trying to improve my French and learn Korean. In my free time I take care of my 5 pet rats and over 30 plants

Research interests:

Personality disorders, affective disorders, social cognition, emotion regulation

Selected publications:

Grzegorzewski, P., Kulesza, M., Pluta, A., Iqbal, Z., Kucharska, K. (2019). Assessing self-reported empathy and altruism in patients suffering from enduring borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry Research, 273, 798–807.

Pluta, A., Kulesza, M., Grzegorzewski, P., Kucharska, K., (2018). Assessing advanced theory of mind and alexithymia in patients suffering from enduring borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry Research, 261, 436–441.


2017 - 2019 The National Centre for Research and Development (I.N.09, TP-49/2017/PW-PB)

2017 - Research Visit at Department of Epidemiology, New York Psychiatric Institute funded by Kosciuszko Foundation

Speciality from my kitchen: Chilli-guacamole sandwiches with bacon