Clarissa Sawyer

  • Lecturer, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Ed.D Administration, Planning and Social Policy Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • EdM Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • BA University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Office: Jennison Hall - 224 | 781.216.7110 |
  • Department Phone: 781.891.2980 | Department Fax: 781.891.2838

Teaching Interests

Adult development and aging, gender psychology, social psychology, qualitative research methods

Research Interests

Contributions of a positive psychology-based conceptual framework in reducing physician burnout and improving well-being.

Consulting/Practice Interests

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


Prior to joining the Bentley faculty, Dr. Sawyer was an organization development consultant for Second Curve Systems, the MITRE Corporation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Arthur D. Little. She previously taught at Boston University's School of Public Health, 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 in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy with a focus on organizational behavior and leadership from Harvard University.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Boston Facilitators Roundtable 2020 - Present
  • New England Psychological Association 2018 - Present
  • Bentley Health Thought Leadership Network 2017 - Present
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology 2017 - Present
  • Association for Psychological Science 2017 - 2017
  • Presentations

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

    Department Service

  • Committee Member for Natural and Applied Sciences, Assessment and Assurance of Learning Committee 2017 - Present
  • Workshop Designer and Facilitator for Natural and Applied Sciences Social Justice Syllabus Design Tool Workshop 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 - Present
  • Task Force Member for Bentley Beliefs Working Group 2018 - 2019
  • Other for Strategic Planning Process - 2018
  • Member for Bentley Health Thought Leadership Network - 2018