Sandra Zakowski

Professor

Professor,
Trauma, International Psychology, Health Psychology

312-777-7676

szakowski@argosy.edu

Degrees

  • Clinical Psychology Respecialization, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2005.
  • Ph.D., Medical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, 1993.
  • License de Psychologie, University de Nice, 1986.

Biography

Sandra Zakowski, Ph.D. is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Dr. Zakowski received her Ph.D. in Medical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed her clinical respecialization at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Zakowski was a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Department at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for 10 years prior to joining the faculty at ISPP and taught in the clinical psychology master’s program at Koya University, Northern Iraq in 2010/11. Dr. Zakowski has published her research in psychoneuroimmunology, emotion regulation and coping with chronic medical stressors, and the effects of psychological interventions in cancer patients and their partners. Her current international research projects investigate trauma related to political and domestic violence. Dr. Zakowski’s clinical work focuses on cross-cultural trauma treatment with refugees which she provided at Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture for seven years. She has also conducted trauma training and consultation internationally in Northern Iraq, Haiti and Rwanda. Dr. Zakowski has volunteered for Physicians for Human Rights, Heartland Alliance, Global Rights, and American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health and is one of the scientist volunteers for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At ISPP, she has taught Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Psychology of Trauma, Social Psychology, Clinical Supervision, Therapy Seminar, and Fundamentals in International Mental Health Work.

Expertise

  • Professor,
  • Trauma, International Psychology, Health Psychology
  • Refugee Psychology.
  • International Psychology.
  • International mental health training.
  • Health Psychology: psycho-oncology, stress and coping, emotion regulation.

Selected Publications

  • Jensen-Johansen, M.B., Christensen, S., Valdimarsdottir, H., Zakowski, S.G., Bovbjerg, D., Bonde-Jensen, A., & Zachariae, R. (2012). Effects of expressive writing intervention on cancer-related distress in breast cancer patients: Results from a nationwide randomized clinical trial. Psycho-oncology, DOI: 10.1002/pon.3193.
  • Gorman, W., & Zakowski, S.G. (under review). Therapeutic challenges when counseling survivors of torture. In S.A. Anderson & M. Nussbaum (eds.) Torture and the Rule of Law. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL.
  • Zakowski, S.G., Herzer, M., Barrett, S., Gerfen, J., & Beckman, N. (2011). Who benefits from emotional expression? An examination of personality differences among gynecological cancer patients participating in a randomized controlled emotional disclosure intervention trial. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 355-372.
  • Paderta, A., & Zakowski, S.G. (2010). Internationalizing the curriculum: Lessons from a student service learning project in Kigali, Rwanda. International Psychology Bulletin, 14, 23-25. (Non-peer reviewed).
  • Herzer, M. Umfress, K., Aljadeff, G., Ghai, K., & Zakowski, S.G. (2009). Interactions with parents and friends among chronically ill children: Examining social networks. The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 30, 499-508.
  • Schmaus, B., Laubmeier, K., Boquiren, V., Herzer, M., Zakowski, S.G. (2008). Gender and stress: Differential psychophysiological reactivity to stress reexposure in the laboratory. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 69, 101-106.
  • Herzer, M., & Zakowski, S.G. (2006). The relations between threat appraisal and social constraints in cancer patients and their spouses. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 549-560.
  • Quartana, P.J., Laubmeier, K.K., Zakowski, S.G. (2006). Psychological Adjustment Following Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer: An Examination of the Moderating Role of Positive and Negative Emotional Expressivity. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 487-498.
  • Quartana, P., Schmaus, B.J., & Zakowski, S.G. (2005). Neuroticism and spousal constraints in cancer patients: The moderating effects of dispositional emotional expressivity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(4), 769-776.
  • Zakowski, S.G., Ramati, A., Morton, C., Johnson, P., & Flanigan, R (2004). Written emotional disclosure buffers the effects of negative social interactions on distress in cancer patients. Health Psychology, 23, 555–563.
  • Gold, S.M., Zakowski, S.G., Valdimarsdottir, H.B., & Bovbjerg, D. (2004). Higher Beck depression scores predict delayed epinephrine recovery after acute psychological stress independent of baseline levels of stress and mood. Biological Psychology, 67,261-263.
  • Zakowski, S.G., Herzer, M., Barrett, S., Gerfen, J., & Beckman, N. (2011). Who benefits from emotional expression? An examination of personality differences among gynecological cancer patients participating in a randomized controlled emotional disclosure intervention trial. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 355-372.

Presentations

  • Wildt, H., Umanos, J., Khanzada, N.G., & Zakowski, S.G. (August, 2015). Examining Coping among Afghan Civilians: Implications for cross-cultural research and intervention. To be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Ibrahim, H., Abdullakhaliq, R., Ali, A., Zakowski, S.G. (July, 2014). Psychosocial consequences of the Anfal in Northern Iraq. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Applied Psychology, Paris, France.
  • Lyby, M.S., Wallot, S., Jensen-Johansen, M.B., Christensen, S., Valdimarsdottir, H., Zakowski, S., Bovbjerg, D.H., Zachariae, R. (March, 2014). Effects of an expressive writing intervention with women treated for breast cancer explored with recurrence quantification analysis of changes in text structure – A proof—of-concept study. Presentation at the annual conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Paderta-Sosa, A., Ndagijimana, K., Zakowski, S. (November, 2013). The Wounds of Helping: Addressing Secondary Trauma in Rwandese Healthcare Providers. Presented at the annual conference of the International Traumatic Stress Studies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Agustsdottir, S., Valdimarsdottier, H., Vikar, G., Bovbjerg, D., Zachariae, R., & Zakowski, S. (September, 2013). The Effects of an Expressive Writing Intervention on distress among Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patients. Presented at the annual conference of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Marrakech, Morocco.

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