Jennifer A. Clarke Ph.D.

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Jennifer A. Clarke, Ph.D.

Jennifer A. Clarke Ph.D.

Lecturer in Psychology


  1. Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
  2. M.A., East Carolina University, 1999
  3. B.S., James Madison University, 1996 (Psychology)
  4. B.A., University of Richmond, 1993 (Sociology)


I have been fortunate enough to enjoy a rich diversity of teaching experience. I have taught for 18 years (including graduate school) at nine different colleges and universities, including a community college, a small private college, three medium-sized state schools, three large state schools, and one military academy. I have taught many of the standard undergraduate courses in psychology (general, research methods, statistics, social, abnormal, personality, learning/cognition, developmental, educational); I have also taught psychology special topics courses (social media, psychology of leadership), a course specifically on leadership and character, a new student seminar, and undergraduate cultural anthropology. I have now spent 3 semesters in the MPS program at Penn State, teaching graduate courses in leadership. I enjoy occasionally speaking in the community on the psychology of leadership or related topics and also do some research in this area.

I have also worked in the nonprofit or community service sector, serving as the president of one nonprofit, and working as the director of operations of another; in addition, I have served on nonprofit boards and have volunteered in many capacities for a number of organizations.  

Selected Publications

Foster, C. A., & Clarke, J. A. (2015). The pseudoscientific leader: Do bad leaders endure by using pseudoscientific thinking? In Lindsay, D., & Woycheshin, D. (Eds.), Overcoming Leadership Challenges: International Perspectives. Kingston, ON, Canada: Canadian Defence Academy Press.

Ratner, R. K., Zhao, M., & Clarke, J. A. (2010). The Norm of Self-Interest: Implications for Charitable Giving. In D. Oppenheimer & C. Olivola (Eds.), The science of giving: Experimental approaches to the study of charity.  NY: Taylor and Francis.

Rate, C. R., Clarke, J. A., Lindsay, D. R., & Sternberg, R. J. (2007).  Implicit Theories of Courage: Toward Understanding its Nature and Use. Journal of Positive Psychology, 2, 80-98.

Rusbult, C. E., Coolsen, M. K., Kirchner, J. L., & Clarke, J. A. (2006).  Commitment. In A. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), Handbook of personal relationships.  New York: Cambridge.

Sanna, L. J., Stocker, S. L., & Clarke, J. A. (2003). Rumination, Imagination, and Personality: Specters of the Past and Future in the Present. In E. C. Chang & L. J. Sanna (Eds.), Virtue, vice, and personality: The complexity of behavior. Washington, D. C.: APA.