- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Arizona State University, West campus
Tess Neal is an assistant professor in the Arizona State University New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. She is both a researcher and a licensed psychologist (State of Arizona #4630 and State of Nebraska #844 [voluntary inactive status in NE]). She obtained her PhD 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 Law, Behavioral 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 (Div. 41 of APA) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the recipient of the 2016 Michelle Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service from the Society from 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.
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., people making everyday decisions to engage or not engage in sustainable behaviors, experts’ judgments in the legal system, the scientific enterprise, policymaker’s decisions about how to write public policies) with the twin goals of discovering new understandings about how humans make decisions while also making concrete contributions to real-world problems like sustainability. Her work is supported by numerous grants, including National Science Foundation grants.
- PhD, Clinical Psychology (psychology-law concentration; quantitative minor), University of Alabama, 2012
- MA, Clinical Psychology (psychology-law concentration), University of Alabama, 2007
- BA, Psychology/English (sociology/criminal justice minors), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005
Bouwmeesler, S., P. J. Verkoeijen, B. Aczel, F. Barbosa, L. Begue, P. Branas-Garza, T. G. Chmura, G. Cornellssen, F. S. Dessing, A. M. Espin, A. M. Evans, F. Ferreira-Santos, S. Feidler, J. Flegr, M. Ghaffari, A. Glockner, T. Goeschl, L. Guo, O. P. Hauser, R. Hernan-Gonzalez, A. Herrero, Z. Horne, P. Houdek, M. Johannesson, L. Koppel, P. Kujal, T. Laine, J. Lohse, E. C. Martins, C. Mauro, D. Mischkowski, S. Mukherjee, K. O. Myrseth, D. Navarro-Martinez, T. M. Neal, J. Novakova, R. Paga, T. O. Palva, B. Palfi, M. Plovesan, R. Rahal, E. Salomon, N. Srinivasan, A. Srivastava, B. Szaszi, A. Szollosi, K. O. Thor, G. Tinghog, J. S. Trueblood, J. J. Van Bavel, A. E. van 't Veer, D. Vastfjall, M. Warner, E. Wengstrom, J. Wills and C. E. Wollbrant. 2017. Registered replication report: Rand, Greene, & Nowak (2012). Perspectives on Psychological Science 12(3):527-542. DOI: 10.1177/1745691617693624. (link )
Neal, T. M. and R. J. Cramer. 2017. Moral disengagement in legal judgments. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 14(4):745-761. DOI: 10.1111/jels.12163. (link )
PytlikZillig, L. M., C. D. Kimbrough, E. Shockley, T. M. Neal, M. N. Herian, J. A. Hamm, B. H. Bornstein and A. J. Tomkins. 2017. A longitudinal and experimental study of the impact of knowledge on the bases of institutional trust. PLOS One 12(4):e0175387. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175387. (link )
Neal, T. M. 2016. Are forensic experts already biased before adversarial legal parties hire them?. PLOS One 11(4):e0154434. DOI: 0.1371/journal.pone.0154434. (link )
Neal, T. M. and S. L. Brodsky. 2016. Forensic psychologists’ perceptions of bias and potential correction strategies in forensic mental health evaluations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 22(1):58-76. DOI: 10.1037/law0000077. (link )
PytlikZillig, L. M., J. A. Hamm, E. Shockley, M. N. Herian, T. M. Neal, C. D. Kimbrough, A. J. Tomkins and B. H. Bornstein. 2016. The dimensionality of trust-relevant constructs in four institutional domains: Results from confirmatory factor analyses. Journal of Trust Research 6(2):111-150. DOI: 10.1080/21515581.2016.1151359. (link )
Neal, T. M., S. L. Miller and R. C. Shealy. 2015. A field study of comprehensive violence risk assessment battery. Criminal Justice and Behavior 42(9):952-968. DOI: 10.1177/0093854815572252. (link )
Parrott, C. T., T. M. Neal, J. K. Wilson and S. L. Brodsky. 2015. Differences in expert witness knowledge: Do mock jurors notice and does it matter?. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 43(1):69-81. (link )
Candilis, P. J. and T. M. Neal. 2014. Not just welfare over justice: Ethics in forensic consultation. Legal and Criminological Psychology 19(1):19-29. DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12038. (link )
Neal, T. M. 2014. Women as expert witnesses: A review of the literature. Behavioral Sciences & the Law 32(2):164-179. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2113. (link )
Neal, T. M. and S. L. Brodsky. 2014. Occupational socialization's role in forensic psychologists' objectivity. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice 14(1):24-44. DOI: 10.1080/15228932.2013.863054. (link )
Neal, T. M. and T. Grisso. 2014. Assessment practices and expert judgement methods in forensic psychology and psychiatry. Criminal Justice and Behavior 41(12):1406-1421. DOI: 10.1177/0093854814548449. (link )
Neal, T. M. and T. Grisso. 2014. The cognitive underpinnings of bias in forensic mental health evaluations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 20(2):200-211. DOI: 10.1037/a0035824. (link )
Brodsky, S. L., T. M. Neal and M. A. Jones. 2013. A reasoned argument against banning psychologists' involvement in death penality cases. Ethics & Behavior 23(1):62-66. DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2013.757954. (link )
Brodsky, S. L., J. K. Wilson and T. M. Neal. 2013. Refusing and withdrawing from forensic evaluations. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice 13(1):14-26. DOI: 10.1080/15228932.2013.746908. (link )
Cramer, R. J., J. DeCoster, T. M. Neal and S. L. Brodsky. 2013. The Observed Witness Efficacy Scale: A measure of effective testimony skills. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 43(8):1696-1703. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12124. (link )
Girvan, E., R. J. Cramer, C. Titcomb, T. M. Neal and S. L. Brodsky. 2013. The propriety of peremptory challenges for perceived personality traits. Law & Psychology Review 37:49-82. (link )
Neal, T. M. and K. L. Appelbaum. 2013. Expert opinions based on inadmissible evidence. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 41(3):449-451. (link )
Neal, T. M., R. J. Cramer, M. H. Ziemke and S. L. Brodsky. 2013. Online searches for jury selection. Criminal Law Bulletin 49:305-318.
Neal, T. M. and J. E. Nagle. 2013. Measuring abuse sequelae: Validating and extending the Trauma Symptom Checklist-40. Jounral of Agression, Maltreatment & Trauma 22(3):231-247. DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2013.764953. (link )
Neal, T. M., A. Christiansen, B. H. Bornstein and T. R. Robicheaux. 2012. The effects of mock jurors' beliefs about eyewitness performance on trial judgments. Psychology, Crime & Law 18(1):49-64. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.587815. (link )
Neal, T. M., R. E. Guadagno, C. A. Erio and S. L. Brodsky. 2012. Warmth and competence on the witness stand: Implications for the credibility of male and female expert witnesses. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 40(4):488-497. (link )
Neal, T. M. and M. Selborn. 2012. Examining the factor structure of the Hare Self-Report Psychopathy Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment 94(3):244-253. DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2011.648294. (link )
Barnett, M. E., S. L. Brodsky and T. M. Neal. 2011. Mitigation evaluations: A survey of current practices. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice 11(1):21-41. DOI: 10.1080/15228932.2011.521724. (link )
Wilson, J. K., S. L. Brodsky, T. M. Neal and R. J. Cramer. 2011. Prosecutor pretrial attitudes and plea-bargening behavior toward veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Services 8(4):319-331. DOI: 10.1037/a0025330. (link )
Cramer, R. J., T. M. Neal, J. DeCoster and S. L. Brodsky. 2010. Witness self-efficacy: Development and validation of the construct. Behavioral Sciences & the Law 28(6):784-800. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.952. (link )
Neal, T. M. 2010. Choosing the lesser of two evils: A framework for considering the ethics of competency-for-execution evaluations. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice 10(2):145-157. DOI: 10.1080/15228930903446724. (link )
Neal, T. M. and C. B. Clements. 2010. Prison rape and psychological sequelae: A call for research. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 16(3):284-299. DOI: 10.1037/a0019448. (link )
Neal, T. M., B. Lichtenstein and S. L. Brodsky. 2010. Critical implications of stigma in HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. International Journal of STD & AIDS 21(3):158-160. DOI: 10.1258/ijsa.2008.008445. (link )
Brodsky, S. L., T. M. Neal, R. J. Cramer and M. H. Ziemke. 2009. Credibility in the courtroom: How likeable should an expert witness be?. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 37(4):525-532. (link )
Cramer, R. J., T. M. Neal and S. L. Brodsky. 2009. Self-efficacy and confidence: Theoretical distinctions and implications for trial consultation. Consulting Psychology Journal 61(4):319-334. DOI: 10.1037/a0017310. (link )
Neal, T. M. and S. L. Brodsky. 2008. Expert witness credibility as a function of eye contact behavior and gender. Criminal Justice and Behavior 35(12):1515-1526. DOI: 10.1177/0093854808325405. (link )
Shockley, E., T. M. Neal, L. M. PytlikZillig and B. H. Bornstein eds. 2016. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-22260-8.
Clements, C. B. and T. M. Neal. Research in criminal psychology. In: Morgan, R. D. ed., Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology. SAGE Publications. Thousand Oaks, CA.
Neal, T. M., M. Hight, B. C. Howatt and C. Hamza. 2018. The cognitive and social psychological bases of bias in forensic mental health judgments. In: Miller, M. K. and B. H. Bornstein eds., Advances in Psychology and Law: Volume 3. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-75858-9.
Neal, T. M. 2017. Identifying the forensic psychologist role. Pp. 1-16 In: Pirelli, G., R. A. Beattey and P. A. Zapf eds., The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology. Oxford University Press. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0190258542.
Herian, M. N. and T. M. Neal. 2016. Trust as a multilevel phenomenon across contexts: Implications for improved interdisciplinary in trust research. Pp. 117-130 In: Shockley, E., T. M. Neal, L. M. PytlikZillig and B. H. Bornstein eds., Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-22260-8.
Neal, T. M., L. M. PytlikZillig, E. Shockley and B. H. Bornstein. 2016. Inspiring and advancing the many-disciplined study of institutional trust. Pp. 1-16 In: Shockley, E., T. M. Neal, L. M. PytlikZillig and B. H. Bornstein eds., Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-22260-8.
Neal, T. M., E. Shockley and O. Schilke. 2016. The "dark side" of institutional trust. Pp. 177-191 In: Shockley, E., T. M. Neal, L. M. PytlikZillig and B. H. Bornstein eds., International Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-22260-8.
Neal, T. M. and S. L. Brodsky. 2013. Preparing and giving expert testimony. Pp. 604-608 In: Koocher, G. P., J. C. Norcross and B. A. Greene eds., Psychologists' Desk Reference. Oxford University Press. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0199845491.