Dr. M. Diane Clark earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she investigated visual memory systems of deaf individuals. Since that time she has been involved in research in several additional areas including dating and rape scripts, prevention of risky behaviors in girls, and women's leadership. Most recently she and Dr. LaShaun Williams in the Counseling Department started a new line of research with a group of undergraduate and graduate students on investigating the study skills and strategies used by students here at Gallaudet University.
After completing her degree she has had the opportunity to participate in two post doctorate fellowships. One shortly after completing her degree in 1985, in the Psychology Department at Gallaudet University and a later one in the Prevention Research Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has taught at several colleges and universities including Mount Saint Mary's College and Shippensburg University. While at Shippensburg she was the founding director of their Women's Studies Minor.
Dr. Clark is a professor teaching Educational Psychology and research methods. She welcomes students who are interested in women's issues to contact her.
Additionally, Dr. Clark is involved with Dr. Thomas Allen, the Dean of the Graduate School and Professional Studies who is also the Principle Investigator one of 6 Science of Learning Centers funded by the National Science Foundation. The Center focuses on Visual Learning and Visual Languages therefore we have nicknamed it VL2. The VL2 team involves researchers from various backgrounds in order to provide cutting edge views of the biological, cognitive, social, and educational aspects of how to maximize learning and literacy given a group of individuals who rely on visual learning and/or visual languages. Her role in the Center is that of the Internal Evaluator. The web site is http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/staff.php?id=10
Dr. Clark believes in giving back to her community and has been active in many community activities including Downtown Organizations Investing Together, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Borough Council in Shippensburg Pennsylvania.