Dr. Clare Porac received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York, New York. From 1974 to 1999 she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In 1999, she returned to Pennsylvania to assume the positions of Professor of Psychology and Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend, a position she held from 1999 to 2002. In the academic year of 2005-2006 she spent a sabbatical serving as the Senior Scientist in the Science Directorate at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Porac returned to the American Psychological Association from 2007-2009 and served as the Associate Executive Director for Graduate and Postgraduate Education in the Education Directorate.
Dr. Porac’s research interests relate to human visual perception and lateralization and she has authored/coauthored over 200 scholarly papers/presentations and two books on these topics. She has served on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. She is currently a member of the editorial boards of the journals Brain and Cognition and Laterality.
Dr. Porac is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1 and 3). She served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association from 1996 to 1999. Dr. Porac is also a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the Psychonomic Society.