Dr Anna Clark


Anna Clark is a social psychologist and leadership development consultant working in Australia and internationally, primarily with INSEAD Business School consulting in leadership development programs.

Prior to focusing on leadership development, Anna held academic positions in psychology (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; The University of Melbourne) and organizational behavior (INSEAD, France), publishing her research in peer reviewed journals and books chapters in the area of social stereotyping and communication.

Anna has also taught social psychology, communication, leadership and team dynamics to undergraduate, posygraduate and MBA students.

Dr Anna Clark


PhD (Social Psychology), ‘Coordinating on Common Ground: How Stereotypes are Maintained in Everyday Communication’, The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours), La Trobe University, School of Psychological Science.


Refereed Articles

Clark, A.E., & Kashima, Y.  (2007).  Stereotypes help people connect with others in the community: A situated functional analysis of the stereotype consistency bias in communication.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93 (6), 1028 – 1039.

Jiga-Boy, G., Clark, A.E., and Semin, G.R. (2013). Situating Construal Level: The Function of Abstractness and Concreteness in Social Contexts. Social Cognition 31, pp. 201 – 221.

Jiga, G-M., Clark, A.E., & Semin, G.R. (2010). So much to do and so little time: The influence of effort on perceived temporal distance. Psychological Science.

Klein, O., Clark, A. E., & Lyons, A. (2010). When the Social Becomes Personal: Exploring the Role of Common Ground in Stereotype Communication.  Social Cognition.

Peters, K. O., Kashima, Y., & Clark, A. E. (2009). Talking about others: Emotionality and the dissemination of social information.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 207-222.

Clark, A. E., & Semin, G. R. (2008).  Receivers’ expectations for abstract vs. concrete construals: Evidence for conversational relevance as a determinant of construal level. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 27(2). Special issue on Linguistic bias. 155-167.

Chapters in edited volumes

Lyons, A., Clark, A.E., Kashima, Y., & Kurz, T. (2008). Cultural dynamics of stereotypes. In K. Fiedler, Y. Kashima & P. Freytag (Eds.) Stereotype Dynamics: Language – Based Approaches to Stereotype Formation, Maintenance, and Transformation. (pp. 59-92).

Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Kashima, Y., Klein, O., & Clark, A. E. (2007). Grounding: Sharing Information in Social Interaction. In K. Fiedler. Social Communication (pp.27-77). New York: Psychology Press.

McIntyre, A., Lyons, A., Clark, A., & Kashima, Y. (2004). The microgenesis of culture: Serial reproduction as an experimental simulation of cultural dynamics. In M. Schaller, & C. Crandall (Eds.). The psychological foundations of culture (pp. 227-258). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Kashima, Y., Kashima, E., & Clark, A. (2002). Interpersonal dynamics of the self: The doubly distributed approach. In J. Forgas, & K. Williams, (Eds.). The social self: Cognitive, interpersonal and intergroup perspectives (pp. 233-251). New York: Psychology Press Research and Consultancy Reports

Jensen, B., Campbell-Allen, R., Hunter, A., Clark, A., Cooper, S., & Hanrahan, D. (in preparation). Developing effective school leaders. Report commissioned by the National Centre for Education and the Economy (NCEE), Washington, USA.

Jensen, B., Hunter, A., Lambert, T., & Clark, A. (2015). Aspiring Principal Preparation. Report commissioned by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School leadership).

Jensen, B., & Clark, A., (2013). Developing confident leadership: A thinkpiece on lessons from high-performing school systems in East Asia. Invited paper for the National College London.

Conference Presentations

Clark, A. E. Coordinating on common ground: Using cultural common ground to connect with others. Global Teamwork Workshop, The University of Melbourne (2010).

Clark, A. E. Doing things with words: Using common ground to connect, inform and coordinate with others. Organizational Behaviour Research Seminar, Melbourne Business School (2009).

Clark, A. E. Situating Construal: When, why and how we use concrete vs. abstract construal in social contexts. Social, Economic and Organizational Research Group, University of Exeter (2009).

Clark, A. E. Situating construal level: The function of concreteness and abstractness in social contexts. Department of Social Psychology, Université de Libre Bruxelles (2009).

Clark, A. E., & Semin, G. R. Sharing abstract vs. concrete representations: Construal level in context. Kent Workshop on Linguistic Bias, University of Kent, UK (2006).

Clark, A. E. Coordinating on common ground: How stereotype sharedness contributes to the maintenance of stereotypes in communication. Colloquium presentation, Department of Social Psychology, VU University Amsterdam (2004).

Clark, A. E., & Kashima, Y. Perceived shareability of stereotypes: How stereotype sharedness contributes to the stereotype content of interpersonal communication. European Association of Social Psychology Small Group Meeting on Communication – Based Approaches to Stereotype Research (2003)  Integrating face-to-face and virtual in the study of group relations, Dent, N. Masters research thesis, RMIT,Nuala Dent 4 Mr Silvio Pontonio, 2010.

Let’s Work Together

Pin It on Pinterest