M. Diane Clark

Department Chair and Professor
Office: Communication Building, Room 1078-A
Phone: 409-880-1848
VideoPhone: 409-299-4689
Email: mclark22@lamar.edu


  • Ph.D. in  Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1985
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology, Marshall University, 1977
  • B.A. in Psychology, Shippensburg State College, Shippensburg, 1975

Courses Taught

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Cognition
  • Ethics and Academic Duties
  • Statistics
  • Research, Design, and Statistics
  • ASL/English Bilingual Assessment
  • Proposal Writing
  • Research Seminar

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Development of Deaf Individuals
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Reading
  • Research

Recent Publications 


  • Alofi, A. S., Clark, M. D., Marchut, A. E. (2019). Life stories of Saudi deaf individuals. Psychology, 10, 1506-1525. doi: 10.4236/psych.2019.1011099


  • Cue, K. R., Pudans-Smith, K. K., Wolsey, J. L. A., Wright, S. J., & Clark, M. D. (2019). The Odyssey of Deaf Epistemology: A Search for Meaning-Making. American Annals of the Deaf, 164(3), 395-422. doi: 10.1353/aad.2019.0017


  • Marchut, A. E., Musyoka, M. M., & Clark, M. D. (2019). It’s More than Just Interpreting: Educational Interpreting Interns’ Experiences in Rural Settings. Psychology, 10(07), 1003.





  • Landa, R. L., & Clark, M. D. (2018). Effective assessments for interpreter education programs to increase pass rates for certification. Psychology, 9, 340-347. doi:10.4236/psych.2018.93021



  • Trahan, A. K., Wolsey, J. A., & Clark, M. D. (2018). Experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse parents with deaf children during the individualized educational plan process. Psychology, 9(3), 427-459.doi:10.4236/psych.2018.93027


  • Zalewski, C. K., Ackley, R. S., McCaslin, D. L., Clark, M. D., & Brewer, C. C. (2018) Examination of utricular response using oVEMP and unilateral centrifugation rotation testing. Ear and Hearing. Doi:10.1097/AUD.0000000000000552
  • *Hoffman, D., Wolsey, J. A., Andrews, J. F., & Clark, M. D. (2017). Translanguaging supports reading with deaf adult bilinguals. The Qualitative Review, 22(7)

  • Braun, D. C., Gormally, C. L., & Clark, M. D. (2017). The Deaf Mentoring Survey: A Community Cultural Wealth framework for measuring mentoring effectiveness with underrepresented students. CBE-Life Sciences Education16(1), ar10, 1-14. doi:10.1187/cbe.15-07-0155

  • *Wolsey, J. A., Misener Dunn, K., Gentzke, S. W., Joharchi, H. A., & Clark, M. D. (2017). Deaf/hearing research partnerships. American Annals of the Deaf, 161(5), 571-582. doi:10.1353/aad.2017.0007

Recent Presentations


  • Greene-Woods, A., Lawyer, G., Allman, T., Smith, C., & Clark, M. D. (2019, February). Framework for teaching assessment to educators of students who are Deaf using 21stcentury learning principles. Poster presented at The Associate of College Educators -Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Chicago, IL.

  • Clark, M. D. (2019, February). The neurodiversity of deaf children. Presentation at the 5th Annual Deaf Education Summit, Baton Rouge, LA.


  • Hamilton, B. M. & Clark, M. D. (2018, March). Visual Communication and Sign LanguageChecklist, Online Version (VCSL:O) Training. Workshop at the 17th annual meeting of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Denver, CO.


  • Ackerman, J. M., Wolsey, J. A., & Clark, M. D. (2018, March). Your deaf child’s intelligence is not fixed. Poster presentation at the 17th annual meeting of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Denver, CO.


  • Wolsey, J. A., & Clark, M. D. (2018, February). The importance of mentoring to support deaf doctoral scholars and researchers to be successful in publishing. Poster presented at the 44th Annual International Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH) Conference, Tucson, AZ.


  •  Braun, D. C., Gormally, C. L., Clark, M. D. (June, 2017). Applications of a Deaf Community Cultural Wealth mentoring survey to medical education. Eighth Biennial Conference of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss, Rochester, NY

Name of Research Lab


Dr. M. Diane Clark, is a full professor and chair of the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. Prior to coming to Lamar, she was a full professor at Gallaudet University and Program Director for their Ph.D. program in the Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners. She has a background in the cognitive development of deaf individuals. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1985 under her advisor, Marc Marschark. She was a founding member of the NSF funded Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning. Her current publications have included the development of the Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist, the Beliefs and Attitudes about Deaf Education Questionnaire as well as projects that investigate successful deaf readers. She is also working with DSDE faculty on developing a parallel checklist for Spoken Language Development so that young deaf infants and children's language development between zero and five can be monitored in either ASL or English. Dr. Clark's research lab at Lamar University, Cognition in Context (C'nC), includes Lamar doctoral students as well as undergraduate students.