Alyssa Clark

Entered the Program: 2019

Hometown:  Martinsburg, PA

Current program: PhD with a concentration in Couples, Parents, and Families

Previous Education: 

  • MS, Developmental Psychology, Illinois State University
  • BA, Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University

Research Interests: 

  • Romantic Relationships & LGBTQ+ Relationships
  • Relationship Formation and Maintenance Behaviors
  • Relationship Satisfaction and Dissolution
  • Sexual and Affectionate Behavior
  • Sexual Desire and Desire Discrepancies
  • Asexuality

Advising Committee:

Assistantship Experience: 

  • Research Assistant, Developmental Aspects of Sexual Health (DASH) Lab, Fall 2019 – present
  • Project Coordinator, LGBTQ+ College Related Experiences and Well-Being (CREW2), Fall 2021 & Spring 2022
  • Primary Instructor, HDFS 2300 – Family Interaction Processes, Fall 2022
  • Primary Instructor, HDFS 2100 – Infancy Through Adolescence, Spring 2022
  • Teaching Practicum, HDFS 1060 – Close Relationships Across the Lifespan, Fall 2021


  • Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship, HDFS Department, UConn, 2022

Published Research Articles:

Clark, A. N., Lefkowitz, E. S., & Zimmerman, C. (2022). Sexual and affectionate behaviors in asexual and allosexual adults. Journal of Sex Research. Advanced online publication.

Clark, A. N., & Zimmerman, C. (2022). Concordance between sexual attitudes and romantic orientations: Comparing allosexual and asexual adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51(1), 2147–2157.

Vasilenko, S. A., Walters, T. L., Clark, A. N., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2022). Positive, negative, or mixed feelings? A person‑centered approach to consequences of first penile‑vaginal intercourse in college students. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Manuscript accepted for publication.

Lawrence, S. E., Walters, T. L., Clark, A. N., Zhang, Y., Hanna-Walker, V., Farina, R. E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2021). LGBTQ+ college students’ engagement in COVID-protective and COVID-risk behaviors. Emerging Adulthood, 9(5), 645-652.

Simon, K. A., Hawthorne, H. M., Clark, A. N., Renley, B. M., Farr, R., Eaton, L. A., & Watson, R. J. (2021). Contextualizing the experiences of asexual youth: Demographic characteristics and health, family, and school outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51, 128-140.

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