Tess M.S. Neal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in ASU's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (one of three schools in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences). She is a founding faculty member of ASU's program on Law and Behavioral Science. She is a scientist, a licensed psychologist (State of Arizona #4630 and State of Nebraska #844 [voluntary inactive status in NE]), and a parent of two young children.
Her research is funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, and she has published one edited book and more than three dozen peer-reviewed publications in such journals as Psychological Science in the Public Interest, American Psychologist; PLOS ONE; Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; and Criminal Justice and Behavior. She is currently serving as associate editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment.
In 2020, she was awarded ASU's Outstanding Mentor Award, and she is a PLuS Alliance Research Fellow. PLuS Alliance Research Fellows are funded through a partnership between ASU, King's College London, and UNSW Sydney to collaborate across borders in pursuit of excellence on their "vision and tenacity to impact the world." She was named a 2016 "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a designation recognizing outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. She received the 2016 Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law, co-awarded by the American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41 of APA) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
Her CV is here.
PhD Law and Psychology Students
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I am pursuing a degree in Psychology (Forensic), graduating in Fall 2020. My interest in this field began with my previous occupation in the military and my experience traveling around the globe. Understanding the relationship between psychology and criminal law will provide me vital skills to contribute to our society’s justice system. I hope to gain a deeper comprehension of the elements that make up this captivating subject and apply them to the betterment of humanity through my involvement in Dr. Neal's lab.
I am a junior at ASU pursuing concurrent degrees in forensic psychology and biology (pharmacology/ toxicology). I plan to continue my education in the future by attending a graduate school program for clinical psychology and to someday work with a forensic population. I'm very excited to be a part of this lab and to make meaningful contributions to research. Being involved in this lab is a great opportunity to gain firsthand research experience and allows me to continue refining my interests as we explore various topics within the realm of forensic psychology.
I am currently a sophomore studying Forensic Psychology at ASU. I plan to pursue a post-graduate degree, and eventually work in the legal field. Joining this lab provides an exciting opportunity to gain practical experience in research, and to learn how psychology operates within the law. [Watch Robin in a great video here!]
I am a senior studying Forensic Psychology. Being involved in this lab has allowed me to gain experience conducting and analyzing research in a fascinating field, and better prepare me for graduate studies. I will be heading to Baylor University in the fall to pursue a Master's in Social Work with a clinical concentration and a corrections emphasis. I received the AmeriCorps University Partnership tuition remission award as well as a graduate stipend. I plan to apply to PhD programs in social work next, with the eventual goal of directing a state corrections department.
I am pursuing a bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My passion for psychology and law was my primary motivation to join the lab. Being involved in Dr. Neal’s lab has given me firsthand experience in the field and will help me navigate my future. In the fall, I'll be attending the University of Dayton School of Law, where I received the Dean's Advisory Council Award and will be part of the Leadership Honors Program, which will cover my tuition and living expenses.