About Dr. Gary Zinik
Dr. Zinik is a clinical forensic psychologist specializing in evaluation and treatment of sexual disorders. In his clinical practice, Dr. Zinik has devoted his expertise to helping people who are troubled by their sexual feelings and behaviors. He specializes in working with men who are concerned about sexual compulsions and "sexual addiction". He also has extensive experience working with gay and bisexual men and individuals dealing with questions of sexual identity and erotic orientation.
Dr. Zinik serves as a consultant for attorneys and performs psycholegal evaluations and risk assessments of criminal offenders, including juvenile and adult sex offenders. He frequently testifies in court as an expert witness.
Dr. Zinik has academic degrees in psychology and counseling from Stanford, Harvard, and UCSB. For over 25 years he has been a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and has researched and taught the subject of human sexuality from a variety of standpoints, including serving as a professor at Santa Barbara City College for six years, and presenting to groups as diverse as high school students, law enforcement groups, and attorneys.
Dr. Zinik is the coordinator of the Ventura Chapter of PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays). PFLAG is a national private nonprofit organization that provides support, education, and advocacy to the families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. PFLAG's goal is to help families through the often difficult adjustment when a member comes-out as gay or transgender.
Dr. Zinik's other administrative roles have included serving as Secretary and Treasurer of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association, Board Member of the Ventura County Psychological Association.
Dr. Zinik has conducted original research in the areas of sex offenders, paraphilias, and sexual identity development. He has published articles and book chapters on subjects such as the psychology of sexual assault, sexual deviance, and gay and bisexual sexual identity development. To download Dr. Gary Zinik's full resumé, please CLICK HERE.
Stanford University, BA in Psychology, graduated with honors, 1976.
Harvard University, Masters Degree in Counseling & Consulting Psychology, 1979.
University of California at Santa Barbara, PhD. in Counseling Psychology and Education, 1983.
Member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), California Coalition on Sexual Offending (CCOSO), and Ventura County Psychological Association
Clinical Experience includes
California Department Mental Health, Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) program, performing risk assessments of sex offenders in State Prisons and Hospitals, and expert witness testimony, 1996-2012.
Professional Presentations include
“Sex Offenders: What We Need to Know”, presentations made to various law enforcement agencies, probation departments, and attorney groups, since 2002.
Administrative Experience includes
Member of the Ventura County Sex Offender Management Team, planning and coordinating treatment services for sex offenders on probation in Ventura County, since summer 2005.
"Rape and Paraphilic Coercive Disorder" (book chapter), in Sex Offending: Predisposing Antecedents, Assessments, and Management,
Phenix & Hoberman, eds., New York, Springer Press, Nov. 2015.