Tess Neal

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • 474 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Tess Neal is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the ASU New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.  She is both a researcher and a licensed psychologist (State of Arizona #4630 and State of Nebraska #844).  She obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology (with minors in psychology-law and statistics) at The University of Alabama in 2012.  She completed a clinical-forensic postdoctoral residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2012-2013, followed by a National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center from 2013-2015.  

She has published one edited book and more than two dozen peer-reviewed publications in such journals as Psychology, Public Policy, and LawBehavioral Sciences and the Law, and Criminal Justice and Behavior.  She is the recipient of the 2016 Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law, co-awarded by the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and she is the recipient of the 2016 Michelle Alexander Earely Career Award for Scholarship and Service from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.  She was named as a "Rising Star" in 2016 by the Association for Psychological Science, a recognition of early career scholars whose work has "already advanced the field and signals great potential for continued contributions."

She has current grant funding from several sources, including multiple NSF grants. Her research interests focus on human inference and decision making, especially by experts.  The core questions motivating her research are, “How do people reason with and integrate information to make inferences and judgments?” and “What affects people’s ability to do this well?” Consistent with the "use-inspired basic research" of Stokes' (1997) quadrant of basic and applied research, Dr. Neal studies these basic science questions in applied settings (e.g., the legal system, the scientific enterprise, healthcare and mental health systems, government) with the twin goals of discovering new understandings about how humans make decisions while also making concrete contributions to real-world problems.

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 474 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 38 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Comment/debate

Forensic Clinicians' Understanding of Bias

MacLean, N., Neal, T. M. S., Morgan, R. D. & Murrie, D. C., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Criminal Law
1 Citation (Scopus)

A Call for Research on Sex Offender Treatment Programs

Jones, A. C. T. & Neal, T., Jul 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Program Evaluation
Sex Offenders
2 Citations (Scopus)

Discerning bias in forensic psychological reports in insanity cases

Neal, T., May 1 2018, In : Behavioral Sciences and the Law. 36, 3, p. 325-338 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health
Social Justice
Professional Practice

A longitudinal and experimental study of the impact of knowledge on the bases of institutional trust.

Pytlikzillig, L. M., Kimbrough, C., Shockley, E., Neal, T. M. S., Herian, M. N., Bornstein, B. H. & Tomkins, A., Apr 17 2017, In : PLoS One. p. e0175387

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Knowledge Bases
Longitudinal Studies

Projects 2016 2020