Tess Neal

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Tess M.S. Neal, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, where she is the Principal Investigator of the Clinical and Legal Judgment Lab and serves as inaugural director of the Future of Forensic Science Initiative. She is a founding faculty member of ASU's Law and Behavioral Science group and is a PLuS Alliance fellow. 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 InterestAmerican PsychologistPLOS ONE; and Criminal Justice and Behavior.  She serves as associate editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and as an Open Science Advisor for Clinical Psychological Science.

She was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to work with Kristy Martire and others at UNSW Sydney in the Spring of 2022. She was elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divison 41) in 2021. In 2020, she was awarded ASU's Outstanding Mentor Award and in 2021, the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Div. 9 of APA). 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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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