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Catherine Lutz Zois


Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology


Email: Catherine Lutz Zois
Phone: 937-229-2164
SJH 330
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  • Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1997


Dr. Zois received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1997 from Wayne State University. Following an internship at Pittsburgh's VA Medical Center, she joined the faculty in 1998. Dr. Zois' undergraduate courses typically include abnormal psychology; women, gender and psychology; tests and measurements; and community psychology. She also teaches graduate courses in individual psychotherapy and personality assessment.

Research interests

  • Self-Compassion
  • Psychopathy
  • Women's Issues (i.e., rape, domestic violence, gender differences in representation of the self)

Selected publications

Fadoir, N.A., Lutz-Zois, C. J., and Goodnight, J.A. (2019). "Psychopathy and Suicide: The Mediating Effects of Emotional and Behavioral Dysregulation." Personality and Individual Differences, 142, 1-6.

Fais, C., Lutz-Zois, C. J., and Goodnight, J.A. (2017). "Mediators and Moderators of the Association between Stalking Victimization and Psychological Distress." Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-23.

Lutz-Zois, C. J., C Crompton, K. A., and Brown, M. (2015). "Mechanisms for the association between traditional masculine ideologies and rape myth acceptance among college men." Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 24, 84-101.

Dixon, L. J., Earl, K. A., Lutz-Zois, C. J., Goodnight, J., and Peatee, J. J. (2014). "Explaining the link between perfectionism and self-forgiveness: The mediating roles of self acceptance and rumination." Individual Differences Research.

Ridings, L. E.,1 and Lutz-Zois, C. J. (2014).  "Emotional dysregulation and borderline personality disorder: Explaining the link between secondary psychopathy and alexithymia." Personality and Individual Differences, 57, 14-19.

Lutz-Zois, C. J., Dixon, L. J., Smidt, A. M., 1 Goodnight, J. A., Gordon, C. L., and Ridings, L. E. 1 (2013).  "An examination of gender differences in the construct validity of the Silencing the Self Scale." Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 35-40.

Lander, G.C., Lutz-Zois, C.J., Rye, M.S., and Goodnight, J.A. (2012). "The differential association between alexithymia and primary versus secondary psychopathy." Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 45-50.