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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.

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


Schulz, E., Bay, R. C., Williams, B. R., Clark, E. M., Huang, J., & Holt, C. L. (in press).Fruit and vegetable consumption, and physical activity with partner and parental status in African American adults. Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health.  

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 behaviours 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. Counselling & 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.