Jessica B. Clevering
Associate Professor of Psychology
on faculty since 2012
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 2011
M.A., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 2008
B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2003
Professional and Personal Interests
Professor Jessica Clevering’s philosophy of education and psychology has been influenced greatly by her Reformed Christian education, her experience teaching overseas, and her past years of experience as a professor of psychology.
“In many areas of psychology you will see Christian psychologists coming down on one side of the issue or the other. I believe that the either/or dichotomy that is often set up by Christian psychologists is unnecessary when we realize the depth of fallenness in the world and the breadth of its redemption through Christ,” said Clevering.
This approach has given Clevering the opportunity to explore and apply both the scientific method to the field of psychology as well as the truth of the Reformed faith in regard to the brokenness of humanity.
“We know that the fall affected not only human beings and their wills but all of creation,” said Clevering. “We should not be surprised to find that the fall has affected our bodies and brains as well as our free will. Since we were made to be biological, social, psychological, and spiritual beings we should not be surprised that these different facets affect each other.”
Clevering’s fascination with the diverse areas of psychology was fed by her two years of overseas teaching experience following her undergraduate studies. During her time in Korea, Laos, Hungary, Ukraine, and Romania, Clevering’s interest in social psychology grew, influencing not only her own philosophy but also her perspective on teaching. Clevering approaches education as a team effort, both student and professor working together.
“This way of teaching is especially conducive to diverse settings in which students have a lot to learn from each other,” said Clevering. “Through continued exposure to diverse peoples and experiences, I hope to grow as a scholar and guide others through their own experiences with diversity.”
Professional Society Membership
- Christian Association for Psychological Sciences (CAPS)
- International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE)
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
- Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)
- Society for Teaching Psychology (STP)
- General Psychology
- Group Dynamics
- History of Psychology and Worldview
- Learning Theories and Applications
- Research Methods
- Social Psychology
- Statistical Reasoning in the Behavioral Sciences
Papers Published and/or Presented
“Mission-driven learning in psychology,” with Sandbulte, N., and Christians, M. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. April 2011.
“Help seeking attitudes--not behaviors--predict academic performance in college,” with Mashek, D., DeFord, S., and Yamamura, T. In D. Mashek and E. Hammer (Eds.), Empirical Research in Teaching and Learning: Contributions from Social Psychology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2011.
Review of the book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection. Pro Rege, 37(4). June 2009.
“The beholder’s eye: Vision and perception in afterimage studies of attitude change.” Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 339-350. 2009.
“Christian beliefs and prosocial behaviors toward religious ingroups and outgroups.”Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Louisville, Kentucky. October 2008.
“Coping with the ‘Big-Fish-Little-Pond’ effect,” with Yamamura, T., DeFord, S., and Mashek, D. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Irvine, California. April 2008.
“Student attitudes toward help-seeking, academic performance, and self-esteem,” with Yamamura, T., DeFord, S., and Mashek, D. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Irvine, California. April 2008.
“Believe it or not: theological beliefs and helping behaviors.” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 2008.
“Expanding self-expansion: Inclusion of community in self as a form of self-other overlap,” with Mashek, D., and Canaday, L. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 2008.
“Celebrity gossip consumption as a form of downward social comparison,”with Mahajan, N., and Turcotte, D. C. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California. August 2007.
“Community connectedness as the inclusion of community in self,” with Mashek, D. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, Pasadena, California. June 2007.