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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.

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Cynthia Gaffney
Senior Lecturer

Gaffney teaches communication courses, both skill-based and grounded in theory, including Nonverbal Communication, Storytelling and Visual Communication. She serves as co-faculty advisor to Honors Society Lambda Pi Eta.

Nisa Goksel
Assistant Professor

Göksel's work focuses on the transnational political mobilization of Kurdish women around peace, democracy and human rights.

Karen Gordon
Faculty Associate

Dr. Gordon teaches courses on law and social control, victimization, race and crime, sex crimes, mass shootings, media and crime, and gender and crime. Her current research is on victim impact statements in homicide cases.

Diane Gruber
Principal Lecturer

Gruber teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in film, consumerism, rhetorical theory, research methods, and professional speaking and writing. She is also a faculty member in Barrett, the Honors College.

Deborah Hall
Associate Professor

Dr. Hall is a social psychologist who investigates social and group identities. She is also faculty director of the ASU Statistics and Methods (SAM) Lab.

Norma Hernandez
Faculty Associate
Liza Hita
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director, ASU Online Psychology Program
Steven Holloway

Dr. Holloway is currently teaching for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and is the director of the Cognition, Learning, and Neuroscience Lab.

Jeffrey Kassing

Kassing's is professor of communication studies. His research interests include organizational dissent, coach-athlete communication, fan/athlete use of social media, sport and identity, sports media and soccer.


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