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School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences engages students in cutting-edge scholarship to better understand the world through understanding people – their beliefs, stories, cultures, organizations, friends, family, thoughts, hopes, feelings, and actions. Our synergistic blend of academic disciplines, perspectives, and methods enhances the capacity to tackle problems, intimate and large-scale, and to improve lives in local and global communities. Over fifty research-active faculty lead a dozen undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees, including internationally-recognized programs in Social Justice & Human Rights, Forensic Psychology, and Social Technologies. From day one, our students are at the front-line of research and innovation, conducting experiments within high-tech psychology, social media, and gaming labs. Through these hands-on research experiences and small-classroom teaching, they gain perspective, context, and skills that they will carry throughout their lives, wherever they’ll take on the world.

Research Clusters


Cognition, Computation, and Data Science 

Critical Data Studies

ASU Forensic Psychology Research


ASU Resilience in Stressful ExperiencesResilience in
Stressful Experiences

ASU Social Technologies ResearchSocial

ASU Social Justice and Human Rights researchSocial Justice
Human Rights

ASU Gender in Comparative Context Research

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Senior Lecturer
Scott Barclay
School Director, Professor

Scott Barclay's research project explores the interplay of political, demographic, and social movement factors that influence the deployment of law. He has a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University..

T. M. Barratt

University lecturer and licensed psychologist

Robert Beattey
Faculty Assoc

Beattey is an attorney and clinical forensic psychologist. He is a lecturer in Forensic and Legal Psychology in the Program on Law and Behavioral Science.

Natasha Behl
Assistant Professor

Dr. Behl completed her Ph.D. at University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of expertise are Gender and Politics; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Democracy and Citizenship; Social Justice & Human Rights; and India.

Faculty Associate
Mary Burleson
Associate Professor

Mary H. Burleson is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience program) from Arizona State University in 1994. Her postdoctoral training was at Ohio State University in t

Catalina Cayetano

Catalina Cayetano, M.A. is an instructor for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and a doctoral candidate in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.