Jessica B. Clevering
Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair
on faculty since 2012
So much of psychology is about relationships. In the world today, there are many broken relationships. Students who graduate with degrees in psychology go on to do their part in healing those relationships.
Dr. Jessica Clevering is fascinated by the effects that groups can have on individuals and that individuals can have on groups. “I was always interested in the field of psychology in general, but living and traveling abroad gave me a desire to learn about the intricate ways in which human lives and cultures are connected,” Clevering says. She wants her students to be able to think Christianly about their careers, their social settings, their conversations with their family and friends, and their daily choices.
What drew her to Trinity:
She was drawn to the College because of its foundation in Christianity. “I can actively live out my faith on campus and challenge my students to do the same.”
Clevering’s research interests include identity, social identity theory, religiosity, and prejudice. “I research how being a member of a certain social group can affect how you see yourself, how you act, your attitudes, and your emotions. To understand these relationships is to understand yourself better and to also understand the implications of your social group membership.”
When she’s not teaching:
When not teaching, Clevering is often playing with her daughter, watching superhero or sci fi movies with her husband, cooking, or reading.
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 2011
M.A., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 2008
B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2003
Courses and Publications/Research
- Introduction to Psychology
- Group Dynamics
- Psychology Capstone
- Cognitive Psychology
- Basic Research Skills
- Emotion and Motivation
- Social Psychology
- Statistical Reasoning in the Behavioral Sciences
Papers and Presentations
Clevering, J. Wolff, K., Coffey, C. Roberts, A. (2015, April). Where do I fit? The relationship between achievement goals and student identity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Sandbulte, N., Clevering, J., & Christians, M. (2011, April). Mission-driven learning in psychology. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Clevering, J., Mashek, D., DeFord, S., & Yamamura, T. (2011). Help seeking attitudes--not behaviors--predict academic performance in college. In D. Mashek & E. Hammer (Eds.), Empirical Research in Teaching and Learning: Contributions from Social Psychology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Clevering, J. (2009, June). Review of the book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection. Pro Rege, 37(4).
Clevering, J. (2009). The beholder’s eye: Vision and perception in afterimage studies of attitude change. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 339-350.
Mahajan, N., Clevering, J., & Turcotte, D. C.(2007, August). Celebrity gossip consumption as a form of downward social comparison. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.
Awards and Memberships
Honors and Awards
- Trinity Christian College Summer Research Grant, February 2016
- Dean’s Competitive Dissertation Research Award, Claremont Graduate University, April 2011
Professional Society Memberships
- Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
- Midwestern Psychological Association