Professor Nancy Zarse, PsyD

Professor Nancy Zarse
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Join me as we learn what it means to have a survival mentality, and how you can develop yours to be as prepared as possible when it matters most.

Nancy Zarse is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she also received her PsyD. She is the lead faculty for such classes as Violence and Risk Assessment, Psychology of Terrorism, and Hostage Negotiation. She also developed a course on Israel, focusing on terrorism, trauma, and resilience, culminating in a 10-day study abroad trip, which she has led for eight years.

Professor Zarse specializes in the prevention, identification, assessment, and management of risk of violence. She serves as an industry expert on violence prevention for global corporations, national companies, and school districts. Professor Zarse worked as a consultant to the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism program with secret clearance. She operated as one of three experts on a team awarded a sizable grant for countering violent extremism by the Department of Homeland Security. She is a member of the FBI’s Terrorism Liaison Officer Committee (law enforcement counterterrorism) and was appointed Sector Chief of Academia for the FBI’s InfraGard (private sector counterterrorism).

Professor Zarse worked as a forensic psychologist at several high-profile prisons, with previous positions including chief psychologist at two federal prisons and director of inmate administration at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, the maximum security military prison. Her responsibilities included performing psychological evaluations, assessing risk of violence, providing individual and group therapy, leading hostage negotiation teams, providing staff training, and conducting violation hearings for maximum security military prisoners.

Professor Zarse consults with and provides training to law enforcement agencies—such as the FBI, Los Alamos National Laboratory, US Army Military Police, police departments, and crisis negotiation associations—as well as schools, law firms, corporations, and legal agencies. She also sits on the board of directors for the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association. Professor Zarse presents at national and international forums on assessing risk of violence, mental illness, terrorism, school and workplace violence, survival mindset, PTSD, dealing with trauma, resilience, hostage negotiation, interdisciplinary collaboration, suicide risk assessment, and stress management.

Professor Zarse has published articles on such topics as hostage negotiation, work stress, police values, police-citizen interactions, offenders, and political assassinations. She has provided expert commentary in media interviews, including on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox as well as in Forbes magazine, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She also has been featured in documentaries, such as White Supremacy: Going Under, and in the E! Investigates episodes “Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard” and “Crime on Campus.”

From The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Professor Zarse twice received both the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service, in addition to the Distinguished Alumni Award. She was also twice selected as a Carnegie Scholar.

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  1. Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive

    Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive

    Nancy Zarse
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    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at $169.95 Starting at $169.95 $199.95 $169.95$199.95
    When we hear about someone surviving a great challenge, we often hear that the person “rose to the occasion.” But in fact, psychologists find that in moments of terror, people revert to their lowest level of training and preparation. Knowing that, the trick is to bring up your “lowest level” by continually improving your training and preparation, practicing for survival now, and building the resilience that...
  2. (SET) Survival Mentality & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Set

    (SET) Survival Mentality & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Harness the power of psychology to retrain your brain for optimal health and wellness with this two-course set. First, in Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive, learn how to build a robust psychological toolkit for survival in a host of life-threatening situations and emergency scenarios. Then, in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain, explore CBT’s roots in Socratic and...
  3. (SET) Survival Mentality & How to Make Stress Work for You Set

    (SET) Survival Mentality & How to Make Stress Work for You

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $419.90 $369.90$419.90
    Pair Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive with How to Make Stress Work for You and discover a helpful, accessible, practical guide for building a healthier brain. In the first course, learn how to craft a robust psychological toolkit for survival in a host of life-threatening situations and emergency scenarios. And in the second, discover how to finally manage and minimize the stress in your life with...
  4. (SET) Survival Mentality & The Psychology of Performance Set on sale

    (SET) Survival Mentality & The Psychology of Performance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $376.00 Starting at $61.90 $469.90 $61.90$469.90
    Looking to be your best self? Get a head start with the practical tips and insights in this two-course set on the psychology of staying alive and performing at your peak. In Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive, learn how to build a robust psychological toolkit for survival in a host of life-threatening situations and emergency scenarios. And in The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in...
  5. (SET) Survival Mentality & Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies Set

    (SET) Survival Mentality & Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Take a proactive approach to self-defense and survival with help from these two practical, insightful courses. First, learn how to build a robust psychological toolkit for survival in a host of life-threatening situations and emergency scenarios in Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive. Then, in Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies, get a comprehensive introduction to self-defense that...
  6. (SET) Survival Mentality & When Everything Fails Set

    (SET) Survival Mentality & When Everything Fails

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
    When disaster strikes, how will you react? This two-course set brings together psychological and physical tips, strategies, and insights that will better prepare you for those times you might have to enter survival mode. First, in Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive, learn how to build a robust psychological toolkit for survival in a host of life-threatening situations and emergency scenarios. Then,...