Biography

Dr. Clara Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, and Chair of the Undergraduate Psychology program at Carlow University. She helped establish the Carlow chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in 2013 and has served as its faculty advisor since.

At Carlow, Dr. Cheng teaches courses in statistics and social psychology. Her passion for teaching and improving student learning is evidenced by the innovative methods she uses in her classes. She also promotes positive social action in her classes through random acts of kindness and fundraising for charity.

A Canadian citizen, Dr. Cheng earned her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology with minors in Quantitative Psychology and Cognitive Psychology from The Ohio State University, where she also received the University-wide Graduate Associate Teaching Award and the General Psychology 100 Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to joining the faculty at Carlow University in 2010, Dr. Cheng was an Assistant Professor at American University in Washington, DC for four years.

Outside of Carlow, Dr. Cheng keeps herself busy learning American Sign Language. She also sings in a women's barbershop chorus and enjoys photography, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her mini labradoodle, Mochi. Together, Dr. Cheng and Mochi are a certified therapy team, and they hold regular therapy dog office hours on campus.

 

Research Interests

Dr. Cheng has conducted research in the area of social cognition, particularly on the automatic and nonconscious influences of our social environment. She is also interested in the effect of mindfulness on the self. More recently, Dr. Cheng has conducted research on the efficacy of the flipped classroom.