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Mary Burleson

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

Mary H. Burleson 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 Departments of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and of Psychology. In 1997, she joined ASU, where she directs the BioSocial Psychology Laboratory, combining ASU’s missions of research and teaching.

Burleson’s research focuses on biological aspects of socioemotional processes such as interpersonal regulation (how people use touch to regulate their own and each other's emotions and stress), and the multidirectional influences among stress, social connection, and women's reproductive health, sexuality, and well-being. Recent publications include daily diary studies of physical affection, sexual behavior, sleep quality, and next-day mood among women during the menopause transition (in Archives of Sexual Behavior and Menopause), and of how cohabiting couples’ touch during sleep relates to their mood and interaction quality on the following day (in press at Affective Science), a report on ethnocultural differences in attitudes and experiences of social touch between European Americans and Mexican Americans (in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships), and a theoretical paper on how social touch contributes to interoceptive processes and in turn to both emotional and physiological allostasis (in Social Neuroscience).

Burleson’s teaching specializations include physiological psychology, biological bases of behavior, the biology of human sexuality, brain damage and recovery of function, and psychopharmacology.

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: 

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Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 325Physiological Psychology
PTX 325Physiological Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
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
Presentations: 

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Service: 

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