Katy Hudson

Dr. Katrina "Katy" Hudson Portrait

Katy Hudson

Ph.D., Teaching Professor | BACJ Director
Criminal Justice
ACAD 310
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Summer Office Hours: by appointment (virtual)

Biographical Information

Dr. Katy Hudson, Principal Instructor in the UCCS College of Public Service, has over 20 years of both academic and practitioner experience in the field of criminal justice. Dr. Hudson's background has centered primarily on corrections. She began her work with the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) in 1997 as a Corrections Officer 1. In her 15-year career at CDOC, she rose to the level of lieutenant, monitoring and supervising the activities of the safety and security of the corrections facility through numerous assignments within the organization including shift commander, facility training coordinator, academy trainer, and security specialist. Dr. Hudson has worked with both male and female offender populations, and has held institutional assignments at all classification levels.

Dr. Hudson has an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from Pueblo Community College. She attended Colorado State University-Pueblo for her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology/Sociology. She earned her Master of Criminal Justice Administration degree in 2010, studying contemporary applications of antiquated U.S. prison environments. Dr. Hudson earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership, Research, and Policy at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, in May 2017. In completion of her research, Dr. Hudson has completed field work at numerous U.S. prison environments, including San Quentin State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison in California, Huntsville State Prison in Texas, and Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. Her recent research efforts have included consideration of reform associated with the use of restrictive housing, policy and practice associated with body-worn cameras by law enforcement personnel, and the translation of cognitive based offender programming to support institutional management and offender reentry.

Katy Hudson Presenting on Corrections & Use of Force


Areas of Interest

  • Corrections - offender/facility management
  • Use of force by criminal justice professionals
  • Police and corrections staff training

Curriculum Vitae