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Eddie M. Clark

Eddie M. Clark

Eddie Clark is a social psychologist with two areas of interest:

(1) Close Relationships, especially relationship satisfaction and commitment, love attitudes, perceptions of infidelity, relationship maintenance, and relationships between ex-romantic partners.

(2) Attitudes and Persuasion, especially health attitudes and communication, culturally appropriate health communication, and identifying the mediators of the religiosity-health relationship.

He teaches undergraduate courses in General Psychology, Health Psychology, African American Psychology, and Close Relationships. He also teaches graduate seminars in the Social Psychology of Attitudes, Social Psychology of Close Relationships, and Social Psychology of Health.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Close Relationships
  • Communication, Language
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Health Psychology

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Holt, C. L., Clark, E. M., & Roth, D. L. (2014). Positive and negative religious beliefs explaining the religion-health connection among African Americans. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 311-331.
  • Williams, B. R., Wang, M. Q., Schulz, E., Clark, E. M., & Holt, C. L. (2015). Social integration and health insurance status among African American women and men. Journal of Women and Aging, 27, 195-215
  • Roth, D. L., Usher, T., Clark, E. M., & Holt, C.L. (2016). Religious involvement and health over time: Predictive effects in a national sample of African Americans. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 55, 417-424
  • Le, D., Holt, C.L., Hosack, D.P., Huang, J., & Clark, E.M. (2016). Religious participation is associated with increases in religious social support in a national longitudinal study of African Americans. Journal of Religion and Health, 55, 1449-1460.
  • Kreuter, M. W., Buskirk, T. D., Holmes, K., Clark, E. M., Robinson, L., Si, X., Rath, S., Erwin, D., Philipneri, A., Cohen, E., & Mathews, K. (2008). What makes cancer survivor stories work? An empirical study among African American women. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2, 33-44.
  • Holt, C. L., Schulz, E., Williams, B. R., Clark, E. M., & Wang, M. Q. (2014). Social support as a mediator of religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17, 421-435.
  • Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Wang, M.Q., Williams, B.R., & Schulz, E. (2015). The religion-health connection among African Americans: What is the role of social capital? Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 25, 1-18.
  • Holt, C. L., Roth, D. L., Huang, J., & Clark, E. M. (2018). Role of religious social support in longitudinal relationships between religiosity and health-related outcomes in African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 62-73.
  • Holt, C. L., Roth, D. L., Clark, E. M., & Debnam, K. J. (2014). Positive self-perceptions as a mediator of religious involvement and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37,102-112.
  • Hasan, M. & Clark, E. M. (2017). I get so lonely, baby: The effects of loneliness and social isolation on romantic dependency. Journal of Social Psychology, 157, 429-444.
  • Clark, E. M., Huang, J., Roth, D. L., Schulz, E., Williams, B. R., & Holt, C. L. (2017). The relationship between religious beliefs and behaviours and changes in spiritual health locus of control over time in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 71, 449-463
  • Clark, E. M., Holt, C. L., Wang, M. Q., Williams, B. R., & Schulz, E. (2017). Which personality traits moderate the relationship between religious capital and depressive symptomology in a national sample of African Americans? Journal of Black Psychology, 43, 517-537.
  • Holt, C. L., Roth, D. L., Huang, J., & Clark, E. M. (2015). Gender differences in the roles of religion and locus of control on alcohol use and smoking among African Americans. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76, 482-492.
  • Clark, E. M., Holt, C. L. Wang, M. Q., Williams, B. R., & Schulz, E. (2013). The relationship between spiritual health locus of control and social and religious capital. Counselling & Spirituality, 32, 105-121.
  • Thompson, V. L. S., Harris, J., Clark, E. M., Purnell, J., & Deshpande, A. D. (2015). Broadening the examination of socio-cultural constructs relevant to African American colorectral cancer screening. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 20, 47-58.
  • Holt, C. L., Clark, E. M., & Roth, D. L. (2014). Positive and negative religious beliefs explaining the religion-health connection among African Americans. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 311-331.
  • Clark, E. M., Harris, A. L., Hasan, M., Votaw, K. B., & Fernandez, P. (2015). Concluding thoughts: Interethnic marriage through the lens of interdependence theory. Journal of Social Issues, 71, 822-834 (Special Issue on Interethnic Marriage).
  • Gaines, S. O., Jr., Clark, E. M., & Afful, S. E. (2015). Interethnic marriage in the United States: An Introduction. Journal of Social Issues, 71, 647-658 (Special Issue on Interethnic Marriage).

Other Publications:

  • Thompson, V. L. S., Clark, E. M., & Purnell, J. (2012). The role of African American racial identification in health behavior. In Sullivan, J. M. & Esmail, A. (Eds.). African American identity: Racial and cultural dimensions of the Black experience (pp. 189-220). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Clark, E. M., Fernandez, P., Harris, A. L., Hasan, M., & Votaw, K. B. (2017). The Aftermath: Friendship after romantic relationship termination. In M. Hojjat & A. Moyer (Eds.). The psychology of friendship (pp. 177-194). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • African American Psychology (Undergraduate)
  • Close Relationships (Undergraduate)
  • General Psychology (Undergraduate)
  • Health Psychology (Undergraduate)
  • Social Psychology of Attitudes (Graduate)
  • Social Psychology of Close Relationships (Graduate)
  • Social Psychology of Health (Graduate, offered occasionally)

Eddie M. Clark
Department of Psychology
Morrissey Hall, Saint Louis University
3700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
United States

  • Phone: (314) 977-2272

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