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Faculty and Staff Profile

Heidi Zinzow

Associate Professor

Office: 312K Brackett
Phone: 864-656-4376

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
University of Georgia 2007

M.S. Clinical Psychology
University of Georgia 2005

B.S. Psychology
Duke University 1998

 Courses Taught

Theories of Psychotherapy
Practicum in Clinical Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Creative Inquiry


Dr. Zinzow is an Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Traumatic Stress at the National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center at MUSC before assuming her faculty position at Clemson University in 2008. Dr. Zinzow\'s research focuses on trauma and mental health, and she has authored over 50 publications in scientific, peer-reviewed journals. She has conducted extensive research on sexual violence, and has recently served as Co-Principal Investigator on two grants to investigate technology-based sexual violence prevention programs. Dr. Zinzow was Co-Principal Investigator on a SAMHSA-funded campus suicide prevention grant and Co-Founder of Tigers Together to Stop Suicide. She serves as a consultant for the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center. Dr. Zinzow is also the recipient of grant funding from NIH and NSF, with multiple interdisciplinary grants including "Mindfulness Training for Adults with History of Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, or Inactivity", “Examining Self-Harm and Suicide Contagion Risks of Viral Social Media Challenges on Youth and Young Adults," "Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Driving Anxiety and Aggression in Military Service Members\" and \"Facilitating Soldier Receipt of Needed Mental Health Treatment.\" Dr. Zinzow received the President's Commission on Women Outstanding Woman Faculty Member Award in 2019 and the CBBS Emerging Scholar Research Excellence award in 2011. She plays leadership roles in Clemson's NSF Tigers ADVANCE initiative to improve campus gender equity and has served on the Clemson University Sexual Violence Task Force and Title IX Hearing Board.

 Research Interests

Dr. Zinzow's research investigates the risk factors associated with the development of psychological symptoms among trauma victims, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance use disorders. Her research also focuses on the development and evaluation of clinical interventions and prevention programs for trauma, including sexual violence, interpersonal violence, combat, and loss of a loved one to homicide. More recently, she has investigated risk factors for sexual violence perpetration, as well as evaluation of sexual violence and suicide prevention programs.

 Research Publications

Zinzow, H. & Thompson, M. (in press). Beliefs about consent and sexual assault perpetration in a longitudinal study of college men. Violence and Victims.

Shi, L, Welsh, R., Lopes, S. Rennert, L., Chen, L., Jones, K., Zhang, L., Crenshaw, B., Wilson, M., & Zinzow, H. (2019). A pilot study of mindful walking training on physical activity and health outcomes among adults with inadequate activity. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 44, 116-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.03.009

Zinzow, H., Thompson, M., Fulmer, C., Goree, J., & Evinger, L. (2018). Evaluation of a brief suicide prevention training program for college campuses. Archives of Suicide Research. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1509749.

Zinzow, H., Thompson, M., Goree, J., Burnette, C., Greene, C., & Allison, H. (2018). Evaluation of a college sexual violence prevention program focused on education, bystander intervention, and alcohol risk reduction. College Student Affairs Journal, 36 (2), 110-125.

Britt, T., Black, K., Cheung, J., Pury, C., & Zinzow, H. (2018). Unit training to increase support for military personnel with mental health problems. Work & Stress. DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2018.1445671

Zinzow, H. & Jeffirs, S. (2018). Driving aggression and anxiety: Intersections, assessment, and interventions. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74 (1), 43-82. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22494

Zinzow, H., Brooks, J., Rosopa, P., Jeffirs, S., Jenkins, C., Seeanner, J., McKeeman, A., Hodges, L. (2018). Virtual reality and cognitive behavioral therapy for driving anxiety and aggression in veterans. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 25 (2), 296-309. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2017.09.002

Britt, T.W., Jennings, K.S., Cheung, J.H., Pury, C., Zinzow, H., Raymond, M., & McFadden, A.C. (2016). Determinants of mental health treatment seeking among soldiers who recognize their problem: Implications for high risk occupations. Work & Stress, 30 (4), 318-336.

McCubbin, J., Zinzow, H., Hibdon, M., Nathan, A., Morrison, A., Hayden, G., Lindberg, C., & Switzer, F. (2016). Subclinical post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms: Relationships with blood pressure, hostility and sleep. Cardiovascular Psychiatry and Neurology. doi:10.1155/2016/4720941

Thompson, M., Kingree, J.B., Zinzow, H., & Swartout, K. (2015). Time-varying risk factors and sexual aggression perpetration among male college students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57, 637-642.

Zinzow, H., Britt, T., Pury, C., Jennings, K., Cheung, J., & Raymond, M.A. (2015) Barriers and facilitators of mental health treatment-seeking in U.S. active duty soldiers with sexual assault histories. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 289-297.

Walsh, K., Zinzow, H., Badour, C., Ruggiero, K.J., Kilpatrick, D., & Resnick, H.S. (in press). Understanding disparities in service seeking following forcible versus drug or alcohol facilitated/incapacitated rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Britt, T., Jennings, K., Cheung, J., Zinzow, H., & Pury, C. (2015). The role of different stigma perceptions in treatment seeking and dropout among active duty military personnel. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38, 142-149.

Zinzow, H. & Thompson, M. (2015) Factors associated with use of verbally coercive, incapacitated, and forcible sexual assault tactics in a longitudinal study of college men. Aggressive Behavior, 41, 34-43.

Zinzow, H. & Thompson, M. (2015) A longitudinal study of risk factors for repeated sexual coercion and assault in U.S. college men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 213-222.

Pury, C., Britt, T., Zinzow, H., & Raymond, M.A. (2014). Blended courage: Moral and psychological courage elements in mental health treatment seeking by active duty military personnel. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 30-41.

Paul, L., Zinzow, H., McCauley, J., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H. (2014). Does encouragement by others increase rape reporting? Findings from a national sample of women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 222-232.

Zinzow, H., Britt, T., Pury, C., Raymond, M.A., McFadden, A., & Burnette, C. (2013). Barriers and facilitators of mental health treatment-seeking among active duty Army personnel. Military Psychology, 25, 514-535.

Zinzow, H., Brooks, J., and Stern, E. (2013). Driving-related anxiety in recently deployed service members: Cues, mental health correlates, and help-seeking behavior. Military Medicine, 178, 357-361.

Cohn, A., Zinzow, H., Resnick, H., & Kilpatrick, D. (2013) Correlates of reasons for not reporting rape to police: Results from a national telephone household probability sample of women with forcible or drug-or-alcohol facilitated/incapacitated rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 455-473.

Zinzow, H., Britt, T. McFadden, A., Burnette, C., & Gillespie, S. (2012). Connecting active duty and returning veterans to mental health treatment: Interventions and treatment adaptations that may reduce barriers to care. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 741-753.

Zinzow, H., Resnick, H., Barr, S., Danielson, C., & Kilpatrick, D. (2012). Receipt of post-rape medical care in a national sample of female victims. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43(2), 183-187.

Rheingold, A., Zinzow, H., Hawkins, A., Saunders, B., & Kilpatrick, D. (2012). Prevalence and mental health outcomes of homicide survivors in a representative U.S. sample of adolescents: Data from the 2005 National Survey of Adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53(6), 687-694.

Zinzow, H., Resnick, H., Amstadter, A., & McCauley, M., Ruggiero, K., & Kilpatrick, D. (2012). Prevalence and risk of psychiatric disorders as a function of variant rape histories: Results from a national survey of women. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47, 893-902.

Zinzow, H., Rheingold, A., Byczkiewicz, M., Saunders, B., & Kilpatrick, D. (2011) Examining posttraumatic stress symptoms in a national sample of homicide survivors: Prevalence and comparison to other violence victims. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24 (6), 743-746. DOI 10.1002/jts.

Grubaugh, A., Zinzow, H., Paul, L., Egede, L., & Frueh, B.C. (2011). Trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder in adults with severe mental illness: A critical review. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 883-899.

Zinzow, H. & Thompson, M. (2011). Barriers to reporting sexual victimization among undergraduate women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 20 (7), 711-725.

Zinzow, H., Amstadter, A., McCauley, J., Ruggiero, K., Resnick, H., & Kilpatrick, D. (2011). Self-rated health in relation to rape and mental health disorders in a national sample of college women. Journal of American College Health, 59 (7), 588-594.

Zinzow, H., Resnick, H., Amstadter, A., McCauley, J., Ruggiero, K., & Kilpatrick, D. (2010). Drug- or alcohol-facilitated, incapacitated, and forcible rape in relationship to mental health among a national sample of women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 2217-2236.

Amstadter, A., Zinzow, H., Strachan, M., McCauley, M., Ruggiero, K., Resnick, H., & Kilpatrick, D. (2010). Prevalence and correlates of service utilization and help seeking in a national college sample of female rape victims. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 900-902.

Zinzow, H., Resnick, H., McCauley, M., Amstadter, A., Ruggiero, K., & Kilpatrick, D. (2010). The role of rape tactics in risk for posttraumatic stress disorder and depression: Results from a national sample of college women. Depression and Anxiety,27, 708-715.

Harding, H., Zinzow, H., Hartzell, E., & Jackson, J. (2010). Attributions of responsibility in a Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) vignette among respondents with CSA histories: The role of abuse similarity to a hypothetical victim. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19(2), 171-189.

Zinzow, H., Seth, P., Jackson, J., Furr, A., & Fitzgerald, M. (2010). Abuse characteristics, family characteristics, attributions, and psychosocial adjustment in adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19(1), 79-98.

Zinzow, H., Ruggiero, K., Hanson, R., Smith, D., Saunders, B., & Kilpatrick, D. (2009). Witnessed parental and community violence in relation to substance use and delinquency in a national sample of adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(6), 525-533.

Grubaugh, A.L., Magruder, K., Zinzow, H., & Frueh, B.C. (2009) The use of dual healthcare services among veterans seen in Veterans Affairs primary care clinics. General Hospital Psychiatry, 31(6), 589-591.

Zinzow, H. & Jackson, J. L. (2009). Attributions for different types of traumatic events and posttraumatic stress among women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 18(5), 499-515.

Amstadter, A., Browman-Folks, J., Zinzow, H., Ruggiero, K., & Cercone, J. (2009). Internet based interventions for traumatic stress-related mental health problems: A review and suggestion for future research. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 410-420.

Zinzow, H., Ruggiero, K., Resnick, H., Hanson, R., Smith, D., Saunders, B., & Kilpatrick, D. (2009). Prevalence and mental health correlates of witnessed parental and community violence in a national sample of adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 50(4), 441-450.

Zinzow, H., Rheingold, A., Hawkins, A., Saunders, B., & Kilpatrick, D. (2009). Losing a loved one to homicide: Prevalence and mental health correlates in a national sample of young adults. The Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(1), 20-27.

 Honors and Awards

President's Commission on Women Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2019
CBBS Emerging Scholar Research Excellence Award, 2011


List of Scientific Publications