Clarissa Uttley

Clarissa Uttley
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies
Graduate Program Coordinator for Higher Education

Phone: (603) 535-2915


Clarissa Uttley teaches courses on young children’s learning and development 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 co-wrote a study guide for the text Development Through Life by Newman & Newman (2008).

Degrees and Education
  • PhD, University of Rhode Island
  • MS, University of Rhode Island
  • BS, University of Rhode Island
  • AA, Community College of Rhode Island

Research Interests
  • Program Evaluation
  • Teacher preparation
  • Multiculturalism
  • Human-Animal Interaction (Pet-assisted therapy)

Scholarly Publications
  • 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., 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. (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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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 for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children

Courses Taught
  • ED 5000, Social Behavior in a Diverse Society
  • ED 5030, Research Design
  • ED 5140, Educational Assessment: Practices and Principles



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