Cat Clerkin is a research psychologist, a writer, and an artist. A California native, she earned her bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley. Afterwards, she traveled solo through Australia for a year (because it seemed easier than getting a real job). There, she caught a serious case of wanderlust. She’s spent much of the last decade abroad, seeking adventure in places such as Mongolia, Albania, and Indonesia. Cat received her PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation examined the effects of national identity and cultural exposure on creativity. Cat currently lives in Greensboro, NC, where she holds a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Creative Leadership. She conducts research on cognitive neuroscience, social identity, innovation and leadership. Cathleen has won many awards for her work, including recognition from the National Science Foundation, and being named Scholar of the Year by the American Association of University Women.