Catherine Lutz Zois

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Catherine Lutz Zois

Professor; Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology and Clinical Psychology

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Zois received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1997 from Wayne State University. Following Dr. Zois' internship at Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, she joined the faculty in 1998. Dr. Zois' undergraduate courses typically include psychology of women, tests and measurements, and community psychology.


  • Ph.D. Wayne State University, 1997

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Attraction
  • Social Cognition and Self-Concept
  • Psychopathy
  • Women's Issues (i.e., rape, domestic violence, gender differences in representation of the self)

Selected Publications

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