Nancy Zarse



Nancy Zarse

Department Faculty

  • Professor

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr Zarse is a Full Professor in the Forensic Department. She earned her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and completed her internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She served as Chief Psychologist at two federal prisons, and the Director of Inmate Administration at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, the maximum-security military prison. Clinical responsibilities included psychological evaluations, assessing risk of violence, individual and group therapy, leading hostage negotiation teams, staff training, and conducting violation hearings for maximum security military prisoners.

In addition to teaching graduate classes such as Violence & Risk Assessment, Psychology of Terrorism, and Hostage Negotiation, Dr. Zarse developed a course on Israel, focusing on terrorism, trauma, and resilience, culminating in a 10-day study abroad trip. Dr. Zarse received several Distinguished Faculty awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Public Service, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996. She was twice selected as a Carnegie Scholar.

Specialty areas of clinical practice include consulting and training with law enforcement and legal agencies, such as the FBI, United States Army Military Police, and the Chicago Bar. Dr. Zarse is a consultant to the FBI's Countering Violent Extremism section, with Secret Clearance, and is one of three experts on a team awarded a grant for Countering Violent Extremism by the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Zarse is resource staff for the FBI Hostage Negotiation Certification Course and the FBI Interview & Interrogation Course. Dr. Zarse presents at national and international forums. She provides expert commentary in media interviews and full-length documentaries.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska 1985
Psy.D. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL 1989
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member FBI TLOC, Law Enforcement Counterterrorism Organization
Member FBI InfraGard, Private Sector Counterterrorism Organization
Board Member Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Psychopathology
Domestic Violence Spousal/Partner Abuse
Forensic Psychology Correctional Psychology
Violence (See Domestic Violence)
School Violence
Title Location Date
Lone Wolf Terrorist Homeland Security Training Institute, IL 11-2017
Negotiating with the Mentally Ill FBI Crisis Negotiators Course; Lisle, IL 10-2017
Secondary Trauma Legal Aid Conference; Chicago, IL 9-2017
Terrorism, Trauma, and Resilience CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; Santa Clara, CA 5-2017
Violence Risk Assessment U.S. Army Military Police; Fort Leonard Wood, MO 8-2016
School Violence and Suicide Risk Assessment ESC; Victoria, TX 6-2015
Psychology of Terrorism and Suicide Bombing Great Lakes Homeland Security Conference; Grand Rapids, MI 5-2014

Zarse, N. (2012). Offender Responsivity. In S. Barton-Bellessa (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Community Corrections. : Sage Publications.

Zarse, N. (2013). Political Assassinations. In Encyclopedia of White Collar Crime and Corporate Fraud. : Sage Publications.

Zarse, N., & Baruch, M. (2014). Police Value System. In B. Arrigo & G. Golson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics. : Sage Publications.

Zarse, N., & Baruch, M. (2014). Work Stress and Occupational Burnout (police and corrections). In B. Arrigo & G. Golson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics. : Sage Publications.

Zarse, N., & Baruch, M. (in p). Israel. In B. Arrigo & G. Golson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, & Privacy. : Sage Publications.


Baruch, M., & Zarse, N. (2012). Components in a Hostage Negotiation Training Curriculum. The Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations, 12 (1), 39-50.

Media Exposure

Fox 32, NY Terror Attack; October 2017

Documentary: White Supremacy: Going Under; premiered Nov 2016

NPR, The Psychology of Sexual Assaults, July 2015

Associated Press, Illinois DOC Escapees; April 2014

Windy City Live, ABC News, Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting; Dec 2013

CBS News, Colorado Movie Massacre; July 2012

NBC 5, Shooting of Congresswoman Giffords; January 2011

E! Investigates, Stockholm Syndrome & Jaycee Dugard Documentary; premiere 1-2010

APA Monitor, Public Speaking; July 2009