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Kristin Wesner

Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: 222 CBH 
Mail Stop: 1714 
Phone: 8111 


Degrees earned: Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Iowa State University; M.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University; B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University

Professional experience: I joined the Clarke faculty in 2009 upon the completion of my doctorate. While in graduate school, I taught courses at Iowa State University, Simpson College, and Des Moines Area Community College. My research has been dedicated to the understanding of close relationships, social comparison and social media. I teach courses in Child & Adolescent Development, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, Psychology of Women, Psychology of Close Relationships, Social Science Research Methods, and Psychology Capstone Research.

Teaching philosophy: It is my belief that students learn best when they are given the tools to apply the theories of psychology to better understand themselves and others, and ultimately, to impact positive change.

Clarke’s impact on Kristin: It was only after I had been at Clarke for several years that I realized that I learned very little about myself during my formal education. Having adopted the philosophy for self-development and generosity modeled for me by my department chair, Tim Boffeli, and the university in general, I now feel like I am in a good position to support students along their journeys of intellectual and personal growth.

Kristin’s impact on students: With all the opportunities my students are given to apply course content to their own lives, it is my hope that this knowledge will aid in their ability to be happy, effective people. If nothing else, they can cross ‘flash mob’ off their bucket lists.

Kristin’s favorite:

Movie – Back to the Future

Quote – “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

Class in college – Psychology of Close Relationships

Place traveled – My husband took me to Paris for my 30th birthday!

Hobby – My free time tends to be spent keeping up with my daughters, Alaina and Keira. I am also a flute player and occasionally play in the Clarke Wind Ensemble and other local music groups.

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