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Catherine Lutz Zois


Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology


Email: Catherine Lutz Zois
Phone: 937-229-2164
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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

  • Interpersonal Attraction
  • 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.

Lutz-Zois, C.J., Phelps, C.R., and Reichle, A.C. (2011). "Affective and social-cognitive dysregulation as mechanisms for sexual abuse revictimization." Violence and Victims, 26, 159-176.

Christopher, K., Lutz-Zois, C.J., and Reinhardt, A.R. (2007). "Female sexual offenders: Personality pathology as mediators of the relation between childhood sexual abuse and sexual abuse perpetration in adult women." Child Abuse and Neglect, The International Journal, 31, 871-883.

Lutz-Zois, C.J., Bradley, A.C., Mihalik, J.L., and Moorman, E.R. (2006). "Perceived similarity and relationship success among dating couples: An idiographic approach." Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 865-880.

Madia, B.P., and Lutz, C.J. (2004). "Similarity, positive relationship characteristics, and mentors' expressed intention to remain in Big Brothers/Big Sisters Programs." Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 598-693.

Ross, S.R., Lutz, C.J., and Bailey, S.E. (2004). "Psychopathy and the Five Factor Model in a Noninstitutionalized Sample: A Domain and Facet Level Analysis." Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 26, 213-223.

Lutz, C.J., and Ross, S.R. (2003). "Elaboration versus Fragmentation: Distinguishing Between Self-Complexity and Self-Concept Differentiation." Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 22, 537-559.