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Eddie M. Clark, Ph.D.

Professor, Experimental Program: Social
Department of Psychology

Courses Taught

General Psychology; Health Psychology; African American Psychology; Close Relationships; Social Psychology of Attitudes; Social Psychology of Close Relationships; Research Methods and Social Psychology; Social Psychology of Health


Ph.D., Ohio State University
M.A., Ohio State University
B.A., Northwestern University

Research Interests

(1) Health Attitudes/Persuasion and (2) Close Relationships.

Labs and Facilities

Applied Social Psychology Lab

Publications and Media Placements

Clark, E. M., Williams, B. R., Huang, J., Roth, D. L., & Holt, C. L. (in press).  A longitudinal study of religiosity, spiritual health locus of control, and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans.  Journal of Religion and Health.

Clark, E. M., Williams, R. M., Schulz, E., Williams, B. R., & Holt, C. L. (2018). Personality, social capital, and depressive symptomatology among African Americans.  Journal of Black  Psychology, 44, 422-449.

Holt, C. L., Roth, D. L., Huang, J., & Clark, E. M. (2018).  Role of religious social support in longitudinal relationships between religiosity and health-related outcomes in African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 62-73. 

Holt, C. L., Roth, D. L., Huang, J., Park, C., & Clark, E. M. (2017).
 Longitudinal effects of religious involvement on religious coping and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Social Science and Medicine. 187, 11-19.  

Bosch, J., Weaver, T. L., Arnold, L. D., & Clark, E. M. (2017). The impact of intimate partner violence on women's physical health: Findings from the Missouri Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32, 3402-3419. 

Hasan, M. & Clark, E. M. (2017). I get so lonely baby: The effects of loneliness and social isolation on romantic dependency. Journal of Social Psychology, 157, 429-444.  

Clark, E. M., Fernandez, P., Harris, A. L., Hasan, M., & Votaw, K. B. (2017). The Aftermath: Friendship after romantic relationship termination. In M. Hojjat & A. Moyer (Eds.). The Psychology of Friendship (pp. 177-194). 
Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press.  

Clark, E. M., Huang, J., Roth, D. L., Schulz, E., Williams, B. R., & Holt, C. L. (2017).The relationship between religious beliefs and behaviors and changes in spiritual health locus of control over time in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 71, 449-463.  

Clark, E. M., Holt, C. L., Wang, M. Q., Williams, B. R., & Schulz, E. (2017). Which personality traits moderate the relationship between religious capital and depressive symptomology in a national sample of African Americans? Journal of Black Psychology, 43, 517-537.  

Roth, D. L., Usher, T., Clark, E. M., & Holt, C. L. (2016). Religious involvement and health over time: Predictive effects in a national sample of African Americans. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 55, 417-424.    

Le, D., Holt, C. L., Hosack, D. P., Huang, J., & Clark, E. M. (2016). Religious participation is associated with increases in religious social support in a national longitudinal study of African Americans. Journal of Religion and Health, 55, 1449-1460.  

Gaines, S. O., Jr., Clark, E. M., & Afful, S. E. (2015). Interethnic marriage in the United States: An introduction. Journal of Social Issues, 71, 647-658 (Special Issue on Interethnic Marriage).  

Clark, E. M., Harris, A. L., Hasan, M., Votaw, K. B., & Fernandez, P. (2015). Concluding thoughts: Interethnic marriage through the lens of interdependence theory.Journal of Social Issues, 71, 822-834 (Special Issue on Interethnic Marriage).  

Holt, C. L., Le, D., Calvanelli, J. V., Huang, J., Clark, E. M., Roth, D. L., Williams, B. R., & Schulz, E. (2015). Participant retention in a national telephone survey of African American men and women. Ethnicity & Disease, 25, 187-192.  

Holt, C. L., Roth, D. L., Huang, J., & Clark, E. M. (2015). Gender differences in the roles of religion and locus of control on alcohol use and smoking among African Americans. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76, 482-492. 

Williams, B. R., Wang, M. Q., Schulz, E., Clark, E. M., & Holt, C. L. (2015). Social integration and health insurance status among African American men and women. Journal of Women and Aging, 27, 195-215.  

Holt, C. L., Clark, E. M., Wang, M. Q., Williams, B. R., & Schulz, E. (2015). The religion-health connection among African Americans: What is the role of social capital? Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 25, 1-18.  

Sanders Thompson, V. L., Harris, J., Clark, E. M., Purnell, J., & Deshpande, A. D. (2015).Broadening the examination of socio-cultural constructs relevant to African American colorectal cancer screening. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 20, 47-58.  

Holt, C. L., Clark, E. M., & Roth, D. L. (2014). Positive and negative religious beliefs explaining the religion-health connection among African Americans. International Journal for Psychology of Religion, 24, 311-331.  

Holt, C. L., Schulz, E., Williams, B. R., Clark, E. M., & Wang, M. Q. (2014). Social support as a mediator of religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17, 421-435.  

Holt, C. L., Roth, D. L., Clark, E. M., Debnam, K. J. (2014). Positive self-perceptions as a mediator of religious involvement and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 102-112.  

Holt, C. L., Clark, E. M., Debnam, K. J., & Roth, D. L. (2014). Religious involvement and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans: The role of religious coping. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38, 190-199.  

Clark, E. M., Holt, C. L., Wang, M. Q., Williams, B. R., & Schulz, E. (2013). The relationship between spiritual health locus of control and social and religious capital. Counseling & Spirituality, 32, 105-121.  

Holt, C. L., Wang, M. Q., Clark, E. M., Williams, B. R., & Schulz, E. (2013). Religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning among African Americans: The mediating role of religious support. Psychology and Health, 28, 267-283.  

Van Berkel, L. D., Solomon, E. D., & Clark, E. M. (2012). Security and similarity: Parent-child political attitude congruence as predicted by parental attachment. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 17, 90-98.  

Mattingly, B. A. & Clark, E. M. (2012). Weakening the relationship that we are trying to preserve? Motivated sacrificial behavior as a mediator between attachment anxiety and avoidance and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 373-386.  

Mattingly, B. A., Clark, E. M. & Cahill, M. J. (2012). Approach and avoidance motivation as predictors of pro-relationship behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 21-25.  

Sanders Thompson, V. L., Clark, E. M., & Purnell, J. (2012). The role of African American racial identification in health behavior. In Sullivan, J. M. & Esmail, A. (Eds.). African American identity: Racial and cultural dimensions of the Black experience (pp. 189-220). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.  

Holt, C. L., Schulz, E., Williams, B. R., Clark, E. M., & Wang, M. Q. (2012). Assessment of religious and spiritual capital in African American communities. Journal of Religion and Health, 51, 1061-1074.  

Hackathorn, J., Mattingly, B. A., Clark, E. M., & Mattingly, M. J. B. (2011). Practicing what you preach: Infidelity attitudes as a predictor of fidelity. Current Psychology, 30, 299-311.  

Weidler, D. J. & Clark, E. M. (2011). A distinct association: Inclusion of other in self and self-disclosure. New School Psychology Bulletin, 9, 36-45.  

Bullock, M., Hackathorn, J., & Clark, E. M. (2011). Can we be (and stay) friends? Remaining friends after dissolution of a romantic relationship. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 662-666.  

Mattingly, B. A., Clark, E. M., Weidler, D. J., Bullock, M., Hackathorn, J., & Blankmeyer, K. (2011).Sociosexual orientation, commitment, and infidelity: A mediational analysis. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 222-226.  

Mattingly, B. A., Oswald, D. L., & Clark, E. M. (2011). An examination of relational- interdependent self-construal, communal strength, and pro-relationship behaviors in friendships. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 1243-1248.  

Wilson, K., Mattingly, B. A., Clark, E. M., Weidler, D. J., & Bequette, A. W. (2011). The gray area: Exploring attitudes toward infidelity and the development of the Perceptions of Dating Infidelity scale. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 63-86.  

Mattingly, B. A., Wilson, K., Clark, E. M., Bequette, A. W., & WeidlerD .J. (2010). Foggy faithfulness: Relationship quality, religiosity, and the Perceptions of Dating Infidelity Scale in an adult sample. Journal of Family Issues, 31, 1465-1480.  

Oswald, D. L., & Clark, E. M. (2006). How do friendship maintenance behaviors and problem-solving styles function at the individual and dyadic level? Personal Relationships, 13, 333-348.  

Oswald, D. L., Clark, E. M., & Kelly, C. M. (2004). Friendship maintenance: An analysis of individual and dyad behaviors. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 23, 413-441.  

Oswald, D. L. & Clark, E. M. (2003). Best friends forever?: High school best friendships and the transition to college. Personal Relationships, 10, 187-196.