Dr. Sharon Claffey

Professor, Psychology

Sharon Claffey
(413) 662-5453
Center for Science & Innovation 325E


Ph.D., Kent State University, 2006

M.A., Monmouth University, 2000

B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1998

Courses Taught

PSYC 101: Introductory Seminar in Psychology

PSYC 230: Social Psychology

PSYC 290: Psych Research and Statistics I

PSYC 291: Psych Research and Statistics II

PSYC 356: Psychology of Gender

PSYC 397: Research Seminar

PSYC 499: Advanced Seminar 

Research/Creative Interests

Dr. Sharon Claffey began teaching at MCLA in the fall of 2009. Prior to MCLA, Dr. Claffey spent three years at the University of Georgia as a postdoctoral teaching fellow.

Dr. Claffey's research focuses on social support among couples. Specifically, she examines the division of household labor, perceived fairness, and distress. Dr. Claffey's work has been published in Sex Roles, a peer-reviewed journal. Her work has also been published as a chapter in two books: Gender Identity, Psychology, and Lifestyle and Focus on Lifestyle and Health Research.

Dr. Claffey has also conducted research in academic settings. She examined a team based learning approach (similar to a flipped classroom) in her classes to determine how it compares to traditional classroom experiences for students' grades and classroom satisfaction. Current research is focusing on academic motivation and achievement for different kinds of students.