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.
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
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
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.
Select CCL Publications
- What women want—and why you want women—in the workplace
- Tired at work: A roadblock to effective leadership
- Navigating innovation roadblocks: Key differences between innovative and non-innovative organizations
- Developing leadership by building psychological capital
- Leadership development beyond competencies: Moving to a holistic approach
Cathleen enjoys writing for both academic and popular press audiences and her research has been featured in numerous journals, books, white papers and blogs.
Select External Publications
- Can’t sleep, won’t sleep: Exploring leaders’ sleep patterns, problems, and attitudes
- Gender differences in developmental experiences
- Holistic leader development: A tool for enhancing leader well-being
- Using mindfulness to improve high potential development
- Creative leadership and social intelligence: The keys to leading in the digital age
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.