Cynthia Clark

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ramstad Hall - Room 107-A
M W F:
9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, Colorado State University, 2003
  • M.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, Colorado State University, 2000
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Colorado, 1996

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Visual Psychophysics


Dr. Cynthia Clark has lived in Washington for the last seven years.  Since moving here in 2011, she has taught at the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, and now Pacific Lutheran University.  She is from Colorado where, prior to moving to Washington, she was an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado.  She has taught a variety of courses in psychology including Introductory Psychology, basic and advanced Statistics, basic and advanced Research Methodology, basic and advanced Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Infant Perception, Learning, and History of Psychology.

Dr. Clark’s research interests are in visual psychophysics, an area of study that uses behavioral measures to assess how neurons in the visual system process color.  Her dissertation explored how one type of photoreceptor in the retina of humans, rods, contribute to the size of perceptive fields for varying wavelengths of light.  After earning her Ph.D. at Colorado State University in 2003, she spent some time at the University of California Davis Medical Center researching elderly versus younger visual capabilities of humans.

Dr. Clark’s hobbies include camping, reading, crocheting, baking, and spending time with her husband, two children, and adorable Chihuahua, Cookie.