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02-17-2017

Jennifer Knack Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Jennifer Knack has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of psychology in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Jennifer KnackKnack’s area of expertise is in the antecedents and outcomes associated with social stressors and social pain (e.g., being bullied). She has examined why people who are bullied have more physical health problems than people who are not bullied, as well as what factors mitigate and exacerbate the association between being bullied and experiencing health problems.

Her research team is currently examining whether people can detect mental health problems/concerns on social media and when people decide to intervene and offer help.

Knack has co-authored published articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries, many of which included undergraduate students as collaborators. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and as an invited speaker. She was a co-organizer and speaker of the David A. Walsh '67 Arts and Science Mini-Conference titled Impossible Projects: Power and Alterity in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

She is also actively involved in STEM education outreach programs. Knack is the mentoring director for Clarkson's IMPETUS program for 10th-12th graders. She has also been an instructor for the Project Challenge program, the SOAR Lifelong Learning in the North Country program, Horizons program, and Young Scholars program, as well as a mentor for McNair Scholars.

Knack joined the faculty at Clarkson in 2011. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from St. Bonaventure University and her master of science and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington

Before coming to Clarkson, Knack was a postdoctoral fellow and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, a graduate research assistant, laboratory manager and tutor at the University of Texas at Arlington, and a lab instructor at St. Bonaventure University.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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