Dr. Nancy Zarse
As a forensic psychologist and professor in the Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Nancy Zarse has clinical experience and studied situations involving workplace violence, violent extremism, and risk assessment that she can apply to a variety of environments to improve safety. Through her work with federal prisons, the FBI, the Chicago Police Department, and the U.S. Army Military Police, among others, she understands the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration in identifying the risk factors for possible workplace violence and effectively managing risk.
By consulting with and providing training to law enforcement, legal agencies like the Chicago Bar Foundation, and private firms, Dr. Zarse actively supports prevention and intervention activities involving violence. She taught Hostage Negotiation and Survival Skills at the Prague (Czech Republic) Summer Institute on Crime, Law, and Psychology and has presented at many national and international conferences on topics such as violence risk assessment, psychology of terrorism, suicide bombing, school violence, suicide risk assessment, dealing with trauma, PTSD, vicarious trauma, extremist groups in prisons, and stress management.
Dr. Zarse’s involvement with the FBI is extensive. She is a consultant with Secret Clearance to the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism Unit, participating in prevention, assessment, and intervention. She is also a member of the FBI’s Terrorism Liaison Officer’s Committee (TLOC), which provides local, state, and federal law enforcement and the FBI an opportunity to share ideas and intelligence regarding the nation’s war on terrorism and discuss the counterterrorism challenges faced by law enforcement. Additionally, she was appointed Sector Chief of Academia for the FBI’s InfraGard (private sector counterterrorism) and is resource staff for the FBI Hostage Negotiation Certification Course and FBI Interview and Interrogation Course and a member of the Threat Assessment Team.
Serving as a forensic psychologist at several high-profile prisons, Dr. Zarse, led hostage negotiation teams, provided individual and group therapy, performed psychological evaluations, and assessed risk of violence, among other responsibilities.
Dr. Zarse has published articles on topics such as hostage negotiation, police values, police citizen interactions, and occupational stress, provided expert commentary on forensic issues for CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, and been featured in national documentaries.
As a forensic psychologist and full professor in the Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Zarse is lead faculty for Violence and Risk Assessment, Hostage Negotiation, Psychology of Law Enforcement, Psychology of Terrorism, and the Evaluation and Treatment of the Adult Offender.
Dr. Zarse received the 2010 and 2014 Distinguished Faculty awards for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2011 and 2015 Distinguished Faculty awards for Excellence in Public Service. She was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in both 2010 and 2011 and also received The Chicago School’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996.
Dr. Zarse earned a B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She graduated cum laude with both.