Cathleen Clerkin

Affiliate Research Scientist

Cathleen Clerkin is a Senior Research Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and is based out of Charlottesville, VA. She is a scientific researcher with experience in industrial-organizational psychology, social and personality psychology, positive psychology and applied social cognitive neuroscience. Her research interests include integrating neuroscience and holistic practices into leadership development; the challenges faced by women and minority leaders; and the link between identity and creativity/innovation.

Her research has been published broadly in both academic and popular press venues and she has won multiple awards and honors for her work, including recognition from the National Science Foundation and the American Association of University Women. At CCL, Cathleen is the co-principal investigator of the Neuroscience & Leadership research project and the principal investigator of Backwards in High Heels (a research initiative for women’s leadership). In addition to conducting research, Cathleen also creates research-based leadership tools and offers leadership presentations and workshops.

Cathleen holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Creative Leadership.

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