Faculty Directory

Toni Zimmerman

Toni Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Program Director, Marriage & Family Therapy Graduate Program

Contact Information

427 Behavioral Sciences Building
1570 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570

Phone: 970-491-6922
Fax: 970-491-7975
E-mail: toni.zimmerman@colostate.edu


Campus Connections
Educating for Peace
Project FAIR
Work and Family

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the development and evaluation of a unique mentoring model called Campus Connections for at-risk youth. My colleagues, Drs. Haddock, Weiler, Krafchick, and Youngblade, secured funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (2009-2012) to develop, implement, and evaluate Campus Connections: Therapeutic Mentoring for At-Risk Youth. Campus Connections is a mentoring program for at-risk youth and a university course for college students. Campus Connections pairs at-risk youth with a college student mentor. In a group setting on campus, the pairs spend 4 hours together each week for four hours a night for 12 weeks engaging in campus walks, homework help, dinner, and pro-social activities. Additionally, student therapists from the MFT graduate program are involved in Campus Connections every evening providing therapy to youth and their families. I am interested in the full integration of equality and diversity in the teaching of Marriage and Family Therapy students. In order to effectively help individuals, couples, and families change in therapy, attention to power dynamics is essential. My work in this area has focused on the study of effective teaching, analysis of self-help as a public teaching venue, and how to bring these findings into the therapy room. In order to assist young people to understand the importance of equality and diversity early in their lives, I have developed with my colleagues several curriculums which can be found on my websites to teach this topic. These include FAIR, RELATE, and PEACE. These are intended for use with preschool through high school students and can be used in both counseling and teaching settings.


B.S., 1984, Psychology, Ohio University
M.A., 1985, Psychology, Radford University
Ph.D., 1991, Family and Child Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity

Honors and Awards

2014 - Engagement Award, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University
2012 - Exceptional Innovative Instruction in Service Learning Faculty Award, Colorado State University
2012 - National Service Impact Challenge Finalist, Corporation for national and Community Service
2011 - Outstanding Engagement Award Nominee, College of Health and Human Sciences
2011 - AmeriCorps Education Award, Corporation for National and Community Service
2009 - Colorado State University, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar

Current Research Projects

The Development and Evaluation of Campus Connections, a unique campus based youth mentoring program integrating therapy, after school programming and 1:1 mentoring in a group setting.

Professional Experience

2016, Fall, Academic Dean: Semester at Sea Teaching Abroad Program, Colorado State University (upcoming)

2013, Summer: Mental Health Professional, Semester at Sea Teaching Abroad Program, University of Virginia

2010, Spring: Faculty, Semester at Sea Teaching Abroad Program, University of Virginia

2009-present: CSU University Distinguished Teaching Scholar

2007, Spring: Faculty, Semester at Sea Teaching Abroad Program, University of Virginia

2003-present: Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

1991-present: Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

1997-2003: Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

1991-1997: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

Selected Publications

Zimmerman, T. S., Buchholz, M., Chen, J. (2016). Diversity and Social Justice in Supervision. In Karin Jordan (Ed.), Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy Supervision for Systemic Supervisors. Springer Publishing.

Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S. A., Henry, K. L., Zimmerman, T. S, Krafchick, J, & Youngblade, L. (2015). Time-limited, structured youth mentoring and adolescent problem behaviors. Applied Developmental Science, 19(4), 196-205. doi:10.1080/10888691. 2015.1014484

Weiler, L., Lyness, K. P., Haddock, S. A., Zimmerman, T. S. (2014). Contextual issues in marriage and family therapy: Gender, sexual orientation, spirituality and culture. In L. Hecker & J. Wetchler (Ed.), Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Haworth Press.

Weiler, L. M., Zarich, K., Haddock, S., Zimmerman, T., & Krafchick, J. (2014). A comprehensive model of mentor experiences: Perceptions, strategies, and outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 593-608. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21640

Weiler, L. M., Zimmerman, T., Haddock, S., & Krafchick, J. (2014). Understanding the experience of mentor families in therapeutic youth mentoring. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 80-98. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21595

Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S., Zimmerman, T., Krafchick, J., Henry, K., & Rudisill, S. (2013). Benefits derived by college students from mentoring at-risk youth in a service-learning course. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52, 236-248. doi: 10.1007/s10464-013-9589-z

Haddock, S., Weiler, L. M., Krafchick, J., Zimmerman, T., McLure, M., & Rudisill, S. (2013). Campus Connections Therapeutic Mentoring: Making a difference for mentors. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 17, 225-256.

Weiler, L., Helfrich, C., Palermo, F., Zimmerman, T. (2013). Exploring diversity attitudes of youth placed in residential treatment facilities. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 30, 23-39.

Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J. L., & Aberle, J. M. (2009) FAIR service learning curriculum. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice Journal, 4(3), 195-210.

Zimmerman, T. S., Aberle J. T., Krafchick, J. L., & Harvey, A. (2008). Deconstructing the "Mommy Wars": The battle over the best mom. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 20(3), 203-219.

Center Affiliations

Center For Family and Couple Therapy

Thematic Research Areas

  • Treatment, Intervention, & Prevention Science
  • Cultural Context & Diversity