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Danielle Y. Clark

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Psychology Program

A native of Erie, I've gained valuable professional clinical experience in several states and varied capacities, largely in major inner-city medical centers working with chronic illness.   I have spent several wonderful years as a full-time mom and homemaker, an invaluable experience from which I draw frequently in my lectures to provide amusing anecdotes.  In my additional work as an equine facilitated learning practitioner I am privileged to have the opportunity to share the wonder of the human-equine bond with Gannon's students in an elective course offered by our Psychology and Counseling department.  I strongly believe the field of psychology has something to offer to everyone and truly enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for wellness and passion for nature and the human-animal connection with students.


Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist

Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator


  • Efficacy of Equine Facilitated Activiities for Emotional and Social Competence in Undergraduate Students - Gannon University Faculty Grant
  • Collaborative Equine Assisted Therapy Experience to Support Children with Autism - Additional recipients: Gannon University Education Department, Barber International Institute and Hope on Horseback Therapeutic Riding Center - Edith Trees Charitable Trust

Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 111)

Horses For Interpersonal Skills (PSYC 240)

Health Psychology (PSYC 234)

Professional Experience

  • Northshore Psychology Associates, Erie, Pa.; neuropsychology assessment
  • Hope on Horseback Therapeutic Riding Center, Fairview, Pa. ; therapeutic riding instructon, equine-assisted experiential learning programming
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH; Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis; In-patient and out-patient neuropsychology assessment and treatment
  • Hamot Institute for Behavioral Health, Erie, Pa.; community mental health service provision
  • Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center, Camden, NJ; Inpatient Diabetes Treatment Center; evaluation, treatment, patient education
  • Biofeedback Group, Inc., Havertown, Pa; chronic pain; biofeedback therapy
  • Bridgeway House, Elizabeth, NJ; chronic mental illness; case management
  • St. Vincent Medical Center, Erie, Pa.,  Dept of Rehabilitation; neuropsychology internship




  • Gannon University - Efficacy of Equine-Facilitated Activities for Emotional and Social Competence in Undergraduate Students
  • Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center - Efficacy of Equine Experiential Learning with At-risk Youth and Traumatic Brain Injured Adults
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Group Psychotherapy for Women with MS
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Interventional Strategies for MS- related Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Results of a Phase II Trial of IM Recombinant Beta Interferon as Treatment for MS
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Low Dose Oral Methotrexate Improves Neuropsychological Function in Patients with Chronic Progressive M.S.


  • Crime Victims Center of Erie County, Flight  Fight  Freeze - Exploring the common response to fear and trauma observed in humans and horses
  • APA,  Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health Conference, Washington, DC, "Group Psychotherapy for Women with MS", content contribution
  • Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, "Group Psychotherapy for Women with MS", content contribution
  • Clevaland Clinic Foundation, Mellen Center, " Importance of Behavioral Observations in Neuropsychological Assessment"
  • Erie County Diabetes Association, "Emotional Factors in Diabetes Management"
  • Northwest Pennsylvania Schools Staff Development Week, Albion, PA, "Time Management"
  • Philadelphia College of Podiatric Medicine, "Managing Stress During Finals"


  • Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center - volunteer 
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