Cathleen Clerkin


Dr. Clerkin joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 2013. She is a scientific researcher with training in industrial/organizational psychology and social and personality psychology. Her research has examined the challenges faced by women and minority leaders; and the link between identity and creativity/innovation; how mindfulness and holistic practices can improve leaders’ resilience; and how to incorporate findings from neuroscience into leadership development.

Prior to joining CCL, Cathleen taught psychology at the University of Michigan, and worked on a number of research projects both in the US and overseas. Her research has been published broadly in both academic and popular press venues, and she has won multiple awards and honors for her research. An avid public speaker, Cathleen has presented her work at research conferences around the world.

Current Role

Cathleen is the Manager of Strategic Research and a Senior Research Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Areas of Expertise

Neuroscience & Leadership; Innovation & Creativity; Women’s Leadership; Holistic Leadership Development; Mindfulness & Resilence; Positive Psychology; Social Identity; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley

Professional Affiliations

Cathleen is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Leadership Association. She is also an Affiliated Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California.

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Curriculum Vitae

Cathleen enjoys writing for both academic and popular press audiences and her research has been featured in numerous journals, books, white papers and blogs.

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Honors, Awards, Grants

  • Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association – Most Outstanding Poster Award, 2016.
  • University of Michigan –Hough Fellowship in Psychology & Ethics, 2012.
  • Ford Foundation – Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2011 & 2012.
  • Nationa Science Foundation – East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, 2010.
  • American Association for University Women – Scholar of the Year, 2009.
  • Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates – Teaching Fellow, 2008.

Current Projects

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