Zoey Zuo

MA, Doctoral Candidate

Zoey is working towards the completion of her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough (UTSC). She completed her MA degree there in 2021. Her academic backgrounds include coursework in clinical psychology, cognitive science, and neuropsychology.

Zoey has worked extensively with adults and teens who struggle with OCD and related concerns using evidence-based Exposure and Response Prevention, cognitive restructuring, as well as mindfulness- and acceptance-based strategies. She has worked with many different presentations of OCD, helping people who experience obsessions about contamination, doubting, scrupulosity, symmetry/exactness, superstitions, and somatic concerns, as well as compulsions of cleaning, checking, repeating, counting, collecting, and reassurance seeking. In addition, Zoey has worked with individuals who experience difficulties with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, trauma, body-focused repetitive behaviours (e.g., skin picking, hair pulling, nail biting, joint clicking), adjustment to injury, and interpersonal challenges.

In addition, Zoey has worked with individuals who experience difficulties with depression, trauma and interpersonal challenges. Zoey also works with individuals with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs), such as excoriation disorder (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling), nail biting and teeth grinding.

Zoey has been trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Inference-Based CBT (I-CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MBCT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She tailors these evidence-based treatments to individuals’ unique circumstances and goals as they collaboratively work towards improving life skills and wellness. Zoey has delivered these interventions in both individual and group settings. 

Zoey has worked at a variety of clinical sites in the GTA, including the Sunnybrook Frederick Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, UTSC Health and Wellness Centre, UTSC Therapeutic Interventions for Psychosis Lab, and Sunnybrook Neuropsychology Service, Brain Sciences Program. From her diverse clinical experience, she understands the importance of building an open and genuine therapeutic relationship in which she provides individuals and their loved ones with the type of support they need the most to go through important journeys in life.

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Recent Scientific Publications

Zuo, Z. X., & Segal, Z.V. (2022). Depression: Third Wave Case Conceptualization. In O’Donohue, W. & Masuda, A. (Eds)., Behavior Therapy: First, Second, and Third Waves. New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-11677-3_17
Abstract: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-11677-3_17

Zuo, Z. X., Price, C. J., & Farb, N. A. (2022). A machine learning approach towards the differentiation between interoceptive and exteroceptive attention. European Journal of Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.16045
Abstract: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ejn.16045

Farb, N. A., Zuo, Z., & Price, C. J. (2023). Interoceptive Awareness of the Breath Preserves Attention and Language Networks amidst Widespread Cortical Deactivation: A Within-Participant Neuroimaging Study. eNeuro, 10(6). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0088-23.2023
Abstract: https://www.eneuro.org/content/10/6/ENEURO.0088-23.2023.abstract

Zuo, X., Honey, C. J., Barense, M. D., Crombie, D., Norman, K. A., Hasson, U., & Chen, J. (2020). Temporal integration of narrative information in a hippocampal amnesic patient. NeuroImage, 213, 116658. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116658

Westphal, A. J., Chow, T. E., Ngoy, C., Zuo, X., Liao, V., Storozuk, L. A., Peters, M. A., Wu, A. D., Rissman, J. (2019). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation to the left rostrolateral prefrontal cortex selectively improves source memory retrieval. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(9), 1380–1391. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01421
Abstract: https://direct.mit.edu/jocn/article-abstract/31/9/1380/29052/Anodal-Transcranial-Direct-Current-Stimulation-to