Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Content

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Tina Zawacki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor of Record
Department of Psychology

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Office: MH 4.02.42
Office hours: W 1:00-2:15 pm & by appt.

Research area: Social behavior and health

Additional Information
  • Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
    • M.A. in Social Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
    • B.S. in Psychology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
  • Recent Courses

    • 3303  Psychology Persp on Gender
    • 4253 Psychology of Health
  • Research in Progress

    • Alcohol's effects on risk appraisals of and behavioral reactions to potential dating partners during face-to-face social interactions.
    • Ethnic and gender health disparities in sexual risk taking and violence victimization.
    • Further development and testing of a theoretical model of cognitive mediation of risky sexual decision making.




  • Recent Publications

    • Zawacki, T. (2011). Effects of intoxication on women’s risky sexual decision making during social interactions in the laboratory. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 107-118.
    • Zawacki, T., Norris, J., Hessler, D., George, W., Morrison, D., Davis, K., Stoner, S.A., & Abdallah, D. (2009).  Effects of relationship motivation, partner familiarity, and alcohol on women’s risky sexual decision making. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 723-736.
    • Norris, J., Stoner, S., Hessler, D., Zawacki, T., George, W., Morrison, D., &  Davis, K. (2009).  Cognitive mediation of alcohol’s effects on women’s in-the-moment sexual decision making.  Health Psychology, 28(1), 20-28.
    • Zawacki, T. (2008).  Sexual assault.  In Lester R. Kurtz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (2nd ed). Oxford, UK: Elsevier, pp. 1914-1920.
    • Jacques, A., Abbey, A., Parkhill, M, & Zawacki, T. (2007). Why do some men misperceive women's sexual intentions more frequently than others? An application of the confluence model.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(11), 1467-1480.
    • Zawacki, T., Norris, J., George, W.H., Abbey, A., Stoner, S.A., Davis, K.C. et al. (2005).  Alcohol and acquaintance sexual assault:  Complementary approaches and convergent findings.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 29(2), 263-269.
    • Zawacki, T., Stoner, S.A., & George, W.H. (2005).  Relapse prevention for sexually risky behaviors.  In G. A. Marlatt  & D.M Donovan (Eds.), Relapse Prevention: Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (2nd ed.).  New York, NY:  Guilford Press, pp. 363-386.
    • Norris, J., Masters, N.T., and Zawacki, T. (2004). The cognitive mediation of women's sexual decision making: A theoretical framework.  Annual Review of Sex Research, 15, 258-296.
    • Abbey, A., Zawacki, T., Buck. P., Clinton, A.M., & McAuslan, P. (2004).  Sexual assault and alcohol consumption:  What do we know about their relationship and what types of research are still needed?  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 9, 271-303.
    • Zawacki, T., Abbey, A., Buck, P., McAuslan, P., & Clinton-Sherrod, A.M. (2003).  Perpetrators of alcohol-involved sexual assaults:  How do they differ from other sexual assault perpetrators and nonperpetrators?  Aggressive Behavior, 29, 366-380.
  • Funding

    • 2011-2015, Alcohol, Relationships, and Risk: Women and HIV, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH (SC1 DA031962), Role: Principal Investigator
    • 2010 – 2012, Alcohol & Women's Health Risk Reduction: An Innovative Experimental Approach, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/NIH (R21 AA018403), Role: Principal Investigator
    • 2009 – 2014, Alcohol Effects on Cognitive & Affective Mediation of Women's Decision Making, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/NIH (R01 AA014512-06-10), Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    • 2003 – 2009, Alcohol & Women's Cognitive Mediation of HIV Risk Taking, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/NIH (R01 AA014512-01-05), Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    • 2004 – 2008, Alcohol’s Effects on HIV-related Behavioral Skills in the Laboratory, San Antonio Life Sciences Institute, Role: Principal Investigator
    • 2003 – 2007, Women, Alcohol, and HIV Risk:  Examining Dyad Interactions NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (R03 AA0114497), Role: Principal Investigator
    • 2004 – 2006, Alcohol's Effects on HIV-Related Cognitions and Behaviors in Heterosexual Dyads, Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, Role: Principal Investigator
    • 2001, Alcohol’s Role in Decisions to Drive after Drinking, NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (F31 AA05576), Individual National Research Award - Predoctoral, Role: Principal Investigator

    Selected Honors and Awards

    • 2010, UTSA Honors Alliance Award for Excellence in Promoting Student Learning
    • 2010, Nominated by students for UTSA Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award
    • 2006, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality:  Ira & Harriet Reiss Theory Award
    • 2006 NIH/NCI: Selected to participate in the Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Research
    • 2005, NIH/NIAAA: Invited participant in the Working Group on Alcohol-Related HIV/AIDS Research
    • 2003 University of Washington Center for AIDS Research Small Grant Award


    • American Psychological Association
    • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    • Texas Research Society on Alcoholism

    Consulting Editor

    • Psychology of Women Quarterly

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    • Addiction
    • Addictive Behaviors
    • Aggressive Behavior
    • Assessment
    • Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
    • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
    • Journal of Applied Social Psychology
    • Journal of Behavioral Medicine
    • Journal of Interpersonal Violence
    • The Lancet
    • Persepctive on Sexual and Reproductive Health
    • Journal of Studies on Drugs and Alcohol
    • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
    • Sex Roles
    • Substance Use & Misuse
    • The Sociological Review
    • Violence and Victims

    Grant Reviewing

    • 2010, Pre-submission grant reviewer for SUNY Buffalo (R21DA030567, PI: K. Miller)
    • 2009, NIH CSR Review Groups: ZRG1 RPHB A-58, ZRG1 RPHB E-58 Reviewed NIH American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Research Challenge Grants
    • 2005, Invited External Grant Reviewer, Early Researcher Grant Award from the  Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario