Celena Colasurdo

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
Ph.D. Criminal Justice

Celena Colasurdo earned a Law Degree and a Master of Public and International Affairs in 1996 from the University of Pittsburgh. She learned she passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams while attending the FBI‘s New Agents Training. Though never practicing law, Ms. Colasurdo applied the international awareness, critical thinking, and research skills she learned at school throughout her 21-year FBI career. She took part in public corruption, white-collar, terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, and drug investigations and prosecutions, including the 9/11 and Washington DC Sniper cases. She: conducted human source development and physical and technical surveillances; executed search and arrest warrants; assisted in new hire background investigations and recruitment events; and met firearms and physical fitness requirements.

During the latter half of her career Ms. Colasurdo specialized in applying the intelligence cycle; that is, figuring out the information and intelligence gaps needed in casework, identifying sources to fill those gaps, acquiring and disseminating information and intelligence, seeking feedback to identify continued knowledge gaps, and continuing the cycle through to its logical conclusion.

Ms. Colasurdo was hired by Walden University in 2024 to teach undergraduate criminal justice courses.


JD, University of Pittsburgh

Master Of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

BS, The College of New Jersey