Nancy Zarse



Nancy Zarse

Department Faculty

  • Professor

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr Nancy Zarse is a licensed clinical psychologist and full professor in the Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Zarse is lead faculty for Hostage Negotiation, Violence & Risk Assessment, Psychology of Law Enforcement, Psychology of Terrorism, and Evaluation & Treatment of the Adult Offender. She is a member of the Threat Assessment Team. She developed "Forensic Psychology in an International Context: Israel", a semester-long class. She created and led three study-abroad trips to Israel, with a focus on terrorism, trauma, and resilience, along with the history and culture of Israel, and includes international experts and government officials. Dr. Zarse was appointed to the Board of Directors for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, with a world-renowned mass casualty unit. Dr. Zarse is a member of TLOC (Terrorism Liaison Officer Committee). Dr. Zarse has served as a forensic psychologist at several high-profile prisons. Previous positions include 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. Her responsibilities have included leading hostage negotiation teams, conducting staff training, providing individual and group therapy, performing psychological evaluations, and conducting violation hearings for maximum security military prisoners.Dr. Zarse consults with and provides training to several law enforcement agences, including the Federal Burea of Investigations (FBI) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), as well as to legal agencies such as the Chicago Bar Foundation. Dr. Zarse is resource staff for the FBI Hostage Negotiation Certification Course. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association, the School Safety Task Force of DuPage County, and the Domestic Violence Council of DuPage County. Dr. Zarse has presented at a number of national and international conferences, on topics such as Hostage Negotiation, Risk Factors for Violence, Dealing with Trauma, PTSD in Vets, Extremist Groups in Prisons, HIV/AIDS, and Stress Management. She provides training on School Safety: Early Identification and Intervention. Dr. Zarse has delivered keynote addresses at several conferences, including the 2011 Legal Aid Attorneys Conference and Women's History Month at Fort Leavenworth in 2000. Dr. Zarse has published articles on Hostage Negotiation, Offender Responsivity, Offender Supervision, and Political Assassinations, with several in press. .Dr. Zarse has provided expert commentary on forensic issues in media interviews, including CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Forbes Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. She has been featured in national documentaries on Jaycee Dugard & the Stockholm Syndrome, and Crime on Campus. Dr. Zarse was invited to teach at the Prague Summer Institute on Crime, Law, and Psychology, 2011, on Hostage Negotiation and Hostage Survival Skills.Dr. Zarse received the 2014 and 2010 Distinguished Faculty awards for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service. She was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in both 2010 and 2011. She also received the Chicago School's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Psy.D. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member Division 18, American Psychological Association, Psychologists in Public Service
Board Member Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association
Member School Safety Task Force of DuPage County
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL and PA
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Addictions
Assessment/Psychological Testing
Disaster Mental Health
Personality Disorders
Domestic Violence Same Sex Domestic Violence
Spousal/Partner Abuse
Forensic Psychology Correctional Psychology
PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Secondary Traumatic Stress
Violence (See Domestic Violence)
Hate/Bias Crimes
School Violence

Zarse, N. (2013). Political assassinations. In L. Salinger & G. Golson (Eds.),Encyclopedia of White Collar and Corporate Crime, Sage Publications.

Baruch, M. &Zarse, N.(in press). Police citizen interaction. In B. Arrigo & G. Golson (Eds).,Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics. Sage Publications.

Young, D., &Zarse, N.(in press). The bystander effect. InFBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Department of Justice.

Zarse, N.,& Baruch, M. (in press). Police value system. In B. Arrigo & G. Golson (Eds.),Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics. Sage Publications.

Zarse, N.,& Baruch, M. (in press). Work stress & occupational burn out (policing/corrections). In B. Arrigo & G. Golson (Eds).,Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics. Sage Publications.


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


Baruch, M., &Zarse, N. (2012). Components in a hostage negotiation training curriculum. The Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations, 12 (1), 39-50.

Professional Skills
domestic violence, forensic psychology, hostage negotiation, interviewing, PTSD, psychopathology, stress, terrorism, training, trauma, violence, violence and risk assessment