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Timothy J. Cleary Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey

Timothy J. Cleary is Professor and Chair of the Department of School Psychology in the

Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers, The State

University of New Jersey. He obtained his PhD in Educational Psychology with a specialization

in School Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of

New York, CUNY Graduate School in 2001. Dr. Cleary began his professional career working as

a licensed school psychologist in the public and private sector. He began his academic career as a

Visiting Professor at CUNY before serving as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University

of WisconsinMilwaukee prior to moving to Rutgers University in 2012.

Dr. Clearys primary research interests include the development and application of self-regulated

learning (SRL) and motivation assessment and intervention practices across academic,

athletic, medical, and clinical contexts. Specifically, he has examined trends in school-based

SRL assessment and intervention practices, developed and validated several types of SRL assessments

(i.e., self-report, teacher rating scales, parent rating scales, microanalytic protocols), developed

and tested academic intervention programs, and investigated links among SRL processes

and performance indicators. He has published over 70 peer-review journal articles and book

chapters specifically addressing SRL issues and applications, coedited a scholarly book on SRL,

served as sole author on an edited volume targeting SRL intervention programs and a sole author

for a research-to-practice book for K12 teachers, The Self-Regulated Learning Guide: Teaching

Students to Think in the Language of Strategies (2018). Most of his publications have appeared

in top-tiered journals across multiple fields, including school psychology, educational psychology,

medical education, teacher education, and sport psychology. His research productivity has

been widely cited by others, with approximately 8,000 Google Scholar citations and 4,000 citations

since 2018. He was the recipient of the 2021 Barry J. Zimmerman Award for Outstanding

Contributions to the fields of studying and self-regulated learning research from the Studying

and Self-Regulated Learning Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research

Association (AERA).

Dr. Clearys extramural grant funding is significant in both its quantity and quality, and

most of his projects have been collaborative in nature. He is serving or has served as a Principal

Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department

of Educations Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Institute for

Educational Sciences (IES), and the Spencer Foundation. Over the course of his career, Dr.

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Cleary has served in a lead or collaborative scholarly role on grants totaling approximately $12


Dr. Cleary has also taken on several leadership roles at the university and national levels.

Across institutions, he has served as Program Director, Director of Clinical Training,

and Department Chair. He also participated as a Fellow in the inaugural Rutgers Leadership

Academy in 2015. At a national level, Dr. Cleary has served on the executive board for the

Studying and Self-Regulated Learning Special Interest Group (SSRL SIG) of the American

Educational Research Association (AERA), performing roles of Chair, Program Chair, and

Secretary. He also served as Chair for the Graduate Student Mentoring Program of the SSRL

SIG for four years and has participated in various mentoring programs sponsored by NASP and

Division C of AERA. Dr. Cleary currently serves on prestigious editorial boards for school psychology

journals (Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology) and educational psychology

journals (Journal of Experimental Education, Metacognition and Learning) and served as a panel

reviewer for IES grant for several years. Dr. Cleary is frequently asked to provide professional

development workshops to school personnel, researchers, and psychologists across the country

regarding the application and motivation and SRL principles.