Cathleen Clerkin


Dr. Cathleen Clerkin joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 2013. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with experience in industrial/organizational psychology, social and personality psychology, positive psychology, and applied social cognitive neuroscience.

Prior to joining CCL, Cathleen taught psychology courses at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 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. She has won multiple awards and honors for her research, including recognition from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. An avid public speaker, Cathleen has presented her research at research conferences around the world.

Current Role

Cathleen Clerkin is a Senior Research Faculty member in the research horizons group at the Center for Creative Leadership, in Greensboro, NC. Her roles include being the co-principal investigator of CCL’s Neuroscience & Leadership project, the lead investigator of CCL’s Bossy Project, the facilitator of CCL’s Identity community of practice, and a member of CCL’s Innovation Leadership Solutions team and the Women’s Leadership team. In addition to conducting research that furthers CCL’s research agenda, Cathleen also gives keynote speeches and leadership workshops through CCL’s Speakers Bureau.

Areas of Expertise

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

Educational Background

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

Professional Affiliations

Cathleen Clerkin is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Leadership Association.

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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. Her contributions to the field have been recognized by several highly prestigious institutions, including the National Science Foundation and the American Association for University Women. Cathleen’s greatest passion is getting to share her research with others, and has presented at nearly 50 conferences, keynotes, workshops and invited talks around the world.

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Honors, Awards, Grants

  • Hough Fellowship in Psychology & Ethics, University of Michigan, 2012.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation, Alternate, 2012.
  • Ford Dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation, Honorable Mention, 2011 & 2012.
  • East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2010.
  • Scholar of the Year, American Association for University Women, 2009.
  • Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates Fellow, 2008.

Current Projects

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