Dr. Clerkin joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 2013. She is a scientific researcher with training in social/personality and industrial/organizational psychology and a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her research has examined the challenges faced by women and minority leaders; the link between identity and creativity; and the best practices for improving leaders’ resilience.
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.
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
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.
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 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
Select External Publications
- Can’t sleep, won’t sleep: Exploring leaders’ sleep patterns, problems, and attitudes
- Using mindfulness to improve high potential development
- Gender differences in developmental experiences
- Holistic leader development: A tool for enhancing leader well-being
- 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.
- National 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.
Areas of Expertise
Neuroscience & Leadership; Innovation & Creativity; Women’s Leadership; Holistic Leadership Development; Mindfulness & Resilence; Positive Psychology; Social Identity; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
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