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Vernessa Clark

Clark, Vernessa, PhD

Research Methods; Personality Psychology

Professor & Coordinator, General Psychology Program

Phone: 804-524-5940
Fax: 804-524-5460
Location: Hunter McDaniel, Rm 102S-E
Email: vrclark@vsu.edu

Education

  • PhD in Personality Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • MS in Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • BS in Psychology, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA

Expertise

  • Personality Psychology/Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Biobehavioral Health
  • Racism and Health
  • Cardiovascular Reactivity to Stress
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Psychological and Behavioral Mediators of Cardiovascular Health

Courses Taught

  • Graduate and Undergraduate:  Experimental psychology, Personality psychology
  • Graduate: Pro-seminar

Selected Publications

  • Clark, V.R., Hopkins, R., Carson, B., Boyd, K., Rogers, P., Miles, S., & Williams, M. (2017). The ability of eating behaviors to predict obesity and cardiovascular hyperactivity. Journal of Food and Nutritional Disorders. 6:1.
  • Boyd, K., Clark, V., Brady, C., Brooke, J. & Perkins. (2016) Body image and body weight perceptions as predictors of health related risk behaviors among African American college students. EMS: 51756719955. International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Invention.
  • Clark, V. R., Perkins, P., Carson, B.L., Boyd, K., & Jefferson, T.M. (2015). Fasting serum glucose and cholesterol as predictors of cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress in a sample of African American college students. Ethnicity & Disease, 25, 2, 175-179.
  • Clark, V.R., Boyd-Starke, K., Hill, O.W., Serpell, Z. (2013). Cognitive Skills and BMI on Cardiovascular reactivity to stress. Journal of Food and Nutritional Disorders, 2, 6-11
  • Clark, V.R., Greenberg, B., Harris, T.S., & Carson, B.L. (2012). Body mass index and waist circumference predictors of cardiovascular risk in African Americans. Ethnicity & Disease, 22, 162-167.
  • Clark, V. R. & Hill, O. W. (2009). Body mass and cardiovascular reactivity to racism in African American college students. Ethnicity & Disease, 19, 2-6.
  • Clark, V.R., Cobb, R.E. B., Hopkins, R., Smith, C. (2006). Black racial identity as a mediator of cardiovascular reactivity to racism in African American college students. Ethnicity & Disease,16, 108-113.
  • Clark, V.R. (2001). The perilous effects of racism on Blacks. Ethnicity & Disease, 11, 769-772.
  • Clark, R., Adams, J.H., & Clark, V.R. (2001). Effects of John Henryism and anger coping on mean arterial pressure changes in African American females. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 8, 270-281.
  • Adams, J., Aubert, R., & Clark, V. R. (1999). The relationship among John Henryism, hostility, perceived stress, social support and blood pressure in African American college students.Ethnicity & Disease, 9, 359-368.
  • Clark, R., Anderson, N.B., Clark, V. R., & Williams, D. R. (1999). Racism as a stressor for African Americans: A biopsychosocial model. American Psychologist, 54, 805-816.
  • Clark, V. R., Moore, C.L. & Adams, J. H. (1998). Cholesterol concentrations and cardiovascular reactivity to stress in African American college volunteers. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21, 505-515.
  • Clark, V. R. & Harrell, J.P. (1992). The relationship among Type A behavior, styles utilized in coping with racism and blood pressure. (reprint) In Burlew, K., Banks, C., McAdoo, H. & Azibo, D. (Eds.), African American Psychology, SAGE Publishers.
  • Harrell, J.P., Clark, V. R. & Allen, B. A. (1991). That ounce of value: Visualizing the application of psychophysiological methods in Black Psychology. In R. Jones (Ed.), Black Psychology (3rd edition); Berkeley, California: Henry-Cobb.
  • Harrell, J.P., Clark, V. R. & Sellers, R. (1987). The effects of posture on cardiac dynamics during visual search. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 5, 19-23.
  • Clark, V. R. & Harrell, J.P. (1986). Predicting cardiac reactivity to physical and psychological challenges. Psychophysiology, 23, 428-429.
  • Harrell, J.P. & Clark, V. R. (1985). Cardiac responses to psychological tasks: Impedance cardiographic studies. Biological Psychology, 20, 261-283.
  • Clark, V. R. & Harrell, J.P. (1982). The relationship among Type A behavior, styles utilized in coping with racism and blood pressure. Journal of Black Psychology, 8, 89-99.
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