Faculty Profile: Tobi Zausner

Tobi Zausner

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

The Psychology of the Transforming Illness at the San Mateo County Psychological Association, Burlingame, CA

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

  • Ph.D. 1993 New York University, Art and Psychology
  • M.A. 1983 New York University, Studio Art and Art Theory
  • B.F.A. 1963 Hunter College, Studio Art and Art History

Current Projects and Professional Activities

 I am currently researching the effects of trauma on the work of visual artists, demonstrating the way emotional upheavals become translated into subject matter and style of their work. The artists I am researching come from diverse backgrounds and represent a time period from the Renaissance to the present.

Significant Publications

When Walls Become Doorways: Creativity and the Transforming Illness a book published by Harmony Books / Random House.


Process and Meaning: Nonlinear Dynamics and Psychology in Visual Art in Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, January, 2007.


Artist and Audience: Everyday Creativity and the Visual Arts a chapter in the book, Everyday Creativity And New Views Of Human Nature, edited by Ruth Richards, published by the American Psychological Association Publishing Company









Important Conference Presentations

  • The Art of Chaos: Nonlinear Dynamics and Visual Art at the 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston
  • Creativity, Wholeness, and Inner Strength, Keynote Speaker for the Second Annual Ovarian Cancer Conference, Warminster, PA.
  • Chaos Theory, Art, and Transformation at the C. W. Post Campus / Long Island University, Brookville, NY.
  • Art, Attitude, and Aging: How Creativity Promotes Longevity at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco
  • Humility, Empathy, and Rebirth: The Dynamics Of Ferenczi’s Metapsychology at 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in New Orleans

Research Interests

My research interests are the psychology of art, Jungian psychology, chaos theory (non-linear dynamics) and how it applies to creativity and to personality, the transformational effects of illness and trauma on the work and life of artists and others.

Research Expertise

My research expertise is in the interests stated above, through knowledge of libraries, databases, journals, and in field work such as interviews and observations. I also have expertise in historical research, hermeneutics, and non-linear dynamics.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling