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Jennifer Zwolinski

Associate Professor

Jennifer Zwolinski has been a member of the faculty since 2001. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology. In the Psychological Sciences Department, Professor Zwolinski offers undergraduate courses in a variety of areas including Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology. Her research focus examines biopsychosocial factors associated with social/relational aggression and victimization, with an emphasis on ostracism.


Professor Jennifer Zwolinski earned her B.S. in psychology from Santa Clara University, an M.S. in clinical psychology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Zwolinski is also a licensed clinical psychologist in California.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Zwolinski's research has focused on social/relational aggression with emphasis on how gender, hormonal functioning, and psychosocial functioning influence cortisol reactivity in response to social exclusion and ostracism. In addition to giving annual presentations at psychological conferences with her research students, she has published her work in scholarly journals including Aggressive Behavior (2012) and Biological Psychology (2008). She completed an entry on Aggression in the Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology (in press). Her appendix on Careers in Psychology has been published in multiple editions of Dave Myers' Psychology best-selling textbooks. She works actively with undergraduate students in her research.

Teaching Interests

Professor Jennifer Zwolinski has taught a variety of courses at USD, including lower level introduction to psychology courses as well as upper division clinical psychology courses in the major. In addition to teaching departmental classes, Professor Zwolinski has also taught in the Preceptorial program, the Honors program and in the master's program in Peace and Justice Studies.