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Clarissa Sawyer

Lecturer, Natural and Applied Sciences
Ed.D Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1996
EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1984
BA, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1983
Office: Jennison Hall 224 | 781.216._7110 |
Department Phone: 781.891._2980 | Department Fax: 781.891.2838

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Prior to joining the Bentley faculty Dr. Sawyer was a consultant for Second Curve Systems, the MITRE Corporation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Arthur D. Little. She previously taught at Boston University, Lesley University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Clarissa Sawyer earned her bachelor’s degree in adult training and development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her doctorate from Harvard University.

Teaching Interests

social psychology, adult development, history of psychology, gender psychology

Consulting/Practice Interests

High consequence industries where human life or quality of life is at stake, including heath care and aviation; participatory action research.

Professional Links

Conference Presentations

Sawyer, C. L. (2018). "Using Action Research to Teach Introduction to Social Psychology." Presented at the Bentley Office of Diversity and Inclusions's Diversity and International Intensive Faculty Symposium, Waltham, MA.


Department Service
Committee Member for Natural and Applied Sciences, Assessment and Assurance of Learning Committee, 2017 - Present
Workshop Designer and Facilitator, 2020 - 2020
Committee Member for Tenure Track Cognitive Psychology Search Committee, 2019 - 2020
Task Force Member for NAS Fact or Fiction Working Group Workshop - 2018
Committee Member for Psychology Curriculum Self-Study Committee, Natural and Applied Sciences, 2018 - 2018

University Service
Committee Member for Sexism at Bentley Working Group, 2020 - Present
Task Force Member for Racial Justice Task Force, 2020 - Present
Committee Member for Bentley’s Coordinated Community Response Team, 2020 - Present
Committee Member for Bentley Learning and Teaching Council, 2019 - Present
Member for Bentley Health Thought Leadership Network, 2018
Task Force Member for Bentley Beliefs Working Group, 2018 - 2019
Other for Strategic Planning Process - 2018
Member for Bentley Health Thought Leadership Network - 2018