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Mary Burleson

Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Biography: 

Mary H. Burleson is an associate professor in psychology. She earned her doctorate in psychology (behavioral neuroscience program) from Arizona State University in 1994. Her postdoctoral training was at The Ohio State University in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Psychology. She joined the faculty of ASU in 1997 and was promoted from assistant to associate professor in 2003.

She directs the BioSocial Psychology Laboratory, combining ASU's missions of research and teaching in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), which is part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus. Studies in the BioSocial Psychology Lab examine how people regulate their own and each other's emotions and behavior. 

Education: 

Ph.D. Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Arizona State University 1994 

Research Interests: 

Dr. Burleson's research focuses on how emotion, stress, and physical contact (touch) can affect psychological and physiological functioning. Current studies include the contribution of emotion regulation processes to stress responses and the stress-reducing effects of physical contact. Recent publications include a study on sexual behavior and mood in mid-aged women (in Archives of Sexual Behavior), a study on the characteristics of lonely individuals and their evolutionary relevance (in the Journal of Research in Personality), and a report on stress effects in the cardiovascular and neuroendocrine systems (in Psychophysiology). She specializes in teaching physiological psychology, biology of human sexuality, biological bases of behavior, and psychopharmacology.

Publications: 

See curriculum vitae.

Research Activity: 

See curriculum vitae.

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 325Physiological Psychology
PSY 369Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 325Physiological Psychology
PSY 369Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 325Physiological Psychology
PSY 369Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Presentations: 

See curriculum vitae.

Service: 

See curriculum vitae.