Zach is a first year student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests broadly include youth, families, and development. Within such areas, he is interested in two branches of research: 1) the role of family and social structures in child maltreatment contexts, and 2) the role of family and social environments in the development of ethnic/racial and sexual minority individuals.
Zach graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to his time at UNL, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 2011 from North Central University in Minneapolis. During his undergraduate career at University of Nebraska, he was actively involved in a few different research labs spanning topics such as anxiety, child maltreatment, and legal decision-making processes. He was also a Lab Manager for the Child Maltreatment Lab.
Following graduation, he was involved as both a child and parent co-therapist for Project SAFE under the supervision of Dr. David Hansen. He also worked as a postbac Research Assistant for Dr. Weiner’s Legal Decision Laboratory at UNL. His work there spanned topics such as sexual harassment, objectification, and discrimination. He was also involved in several NIJ-funded studies regarding the probation program of Nebraska.
Pittenger, S. L., Huit, T. Z., & Hansen, D. J. (2016) Applying ecological systems theory to sexual revictimization of youth: A review with implications for research and practice. Journal of Aggression and Violent Behavior, 26, 35-45. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2015.11.005
Huit, T. Z., Grandgenett, H. M., Baker, E., Pittenger, S. L., Pogue, J. K., Schreier, A., Hansen, D. J. (2015, November). Peer and Caregiver Relationships Following Child Sexual Abuse: Pathways to Internalizing Symptom Presentation. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy in Chicago, IL.
Grandgenett, H. M., Pittenger, S. L., Baker, E., Huit, T. Z., Schreier, A., Flood, M. F., Hansen, D. J. (2015, November). Telling a Trusted Adult: Factors that Influence the Likelihood of Disclosing Abuse. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy in Chicago, IL.
Huit, T. Z., Grandgenett, H. M., Kugler, J. M., Vanderheiden, S. B., Morton, A., Pittenger, S. L., & Hansen, D. J. (2014, November). The Role of Peer and Parental Relationships on Internalizing Symptom Presentation Following Child Sexual Abuse. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
Brungardt, K. L., Morton, A., Helem, C., Kugler, J., Huit, T., & West, T. (2013, November). Nonoffending Paternal Caregiver Support: Association with Initial Symptom Presentation and Family Functioning for Sexually Abused Youth. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
(Student Poster Award, ABCT Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence Special Interest Group)