Clarissa M. Uttley

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum; Graduate Program Coordinator for Higher Education

Phone: (603) 535-2915


Clarissa M. Uttley teaches courses on assessment and quantitative research at Plymouth State University. She previously worked in private preschools in Massachusetts with children from age 3 to 6 and their families. She has presented at numerous educational conferences including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) annual conferences. Her work has been published in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Journal of Emotional Abuse,and she continues to present her research for national and international audiences.

Degrees and Education

  • PhD, Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Science and Research Methodology, University of Rhode Island
  • BS and MS, Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Studies, University of Rhode Island
  • AA, Early Childhood Education, Community College of Rhode Island

Research Interests

  • Quantitative Research Design
  • Assessment In Educational Settings
  • Human-Animal Interaction (Pet-assisted therapy)

Scholarly Publications/ Writings/ Conference Presentations

  • Uttley, C.M. (2015). Coaching. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. Couchenour, D.L., & Chrisman, K. (Eds.)
  • Uttley, C.M. (2015). There is a rat in my classroom! How exposure to rats may increase empathy in college students. In Interdisciplinary Net Animal Human Bond Conference Proceedings
  • Cournoyer, G.P., & Uttley, C.M. (2014). Hope Matters: The Power of Pet Assisted Therapy in Social Work Settings. Invited chapter for National Association of Social Workers publication
  • Uttley, C.M. (2013, September). Animal Attraction: Including animals in early childhood classrooms to engage and inspire young learners. Young Children Journal, 68(4), 16-21
  • Uttley, C.M. & Adams, J.F. (Spring 2013). Including the family perspective of social emotional development: An assessment case study. New Hampshire Journal of Education, XVI, pgs.62-68
  • Uttley, C.M., Newman, B., & Newman, P. (2012). Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach: Study Guide (11th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth-Cengage Learning. ISBN-10:1111349045
  • Cournoyer, G.P. & Uttley, C.M. (Summer, 2012). Pet Assisted Therapy and the Traumatized Child. National Association of Social Workers. Children, Youth, and Adolescent Specialty Section, 8-9
  • Uttley, C.M. (April 2009). From Graduate Student to Faculty Member: A Student-focused Approach. Teachers’ Corner. Developments: Newsletter of the Society for Research in Child Development
  • Uttley, C.M. & Horm, D.M. (2008). Mentoring in Early Childhood Professional Development: Evaluation of the Rhode Island Child Development Specialist Apprenticeship Program. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 29, 237-252
  • Cournoyer, G.P. & Uttley, C.M. (2008). Cisco’s Kids: A behavior intervention program. In M.T. Loring, R.A. Geffner, & J. Marsh (Eds.), Animal Abuse and Family Violence: Linkages, Research, and Implications for Professional Practice. San Diego, CA: Haworth Press. ISBN: 978-0-7890-3819-7
  • Cournoyer, G.P. & Uttley, C.M. (2007). Cisco’s Kids: A behavior intervention program. Journal of Emotional Abuse. 7(3), 117-126

Associations, Boards, and Committees

  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society of Anthrozoology
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Northeastern Educational Research Association

Courses Taught

  • ED 5000 Social Behavior in a Diverse Society
  • ED 5030 Research Design
  • ED 5140 Educational Assessment: Practices and Principles
  • HD 7080 Innovations in Curriculum, Instructions and Assessment
  • ED 8015 Quantitative Research Methods