Mary Burleson

Associate Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3051

Biography

Mary H. Burleson earned her doctorate in psychology (behavioral neuroscience program) from Arizona State University in 1994. Her postdoctoral training was at The Ohio State University in the Departments of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and of Psychology. In 1997, she joined ASU, where she directs the BioSocial Psychology Laboratory, combining ASU’s missions of research and teaching.

Burleson’s research focuses on biological aspects of socioemotional processes such as interpersonal regulation (how people use touch to regulate their own and each other's emotions and stress), and the multidirectional influences among stress, social connection, and women's reproductive health, sexuality, and well-being. Recent publications include daily diary studies of physical affection, sexual behavior, sleep quality, and next-day mood among women during the menopause transition (in Archives of Sexual Behavior and Menopause), and of how cohabiting couples’ touch during sleep relates to their mood and interaction quality on the following day (in press at Affective Science), a report on ethnocultural differences in attitudes and experiences of social touch between European Americans and Mexican Americans (in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships), and a theoretical paper on how social touch contributes to interoceptive processes and in turn to both emotional and physiological allostasis (in Social Neuroscience).

Burleson’s teaching specializations include physiological psychology, biological bases of behavior, the biology of human sexuality, brain damage and recovery of function, and psychopharmacology.

Education

Ph.D. Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Arizona State University 1994 

 

Google Scholar

Research Interests

Dr. Burleson's research focuses on how emotion, stress, and physical contact (touch) can affect psychological and physiological functioning. Current studies include the contribution of emotion regulation processes to stress responses and the stress-reducing effects of physical contact. Recent publications include a study on sexual behavior and mood in mid-aged women (in Archives of Sexual Behavior), a study on the characteristics of lonely individuals and their evolutionary relevance (in the Journal of Research in Personality), and a report on stress effects in the cardiovascular and neuroendocrine systems (in Psychophysiology). She specializes in teaching physiological psychology, biology of human sexuality, biological bases of behavior, and psychopharmacology.

Publications

See curriculum vitae.

Research Activity

See curriculum vitae.

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PTX 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 492 Honors Directed Study
PSY 493 Honors Thesis
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 598 Special Topics
PSY 599 Thesis
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 580 Practicum
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 598 Special Topics
PSY 599 Thesis
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PTX 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 492 Honors Directed Study
PSY 493 Honors Thesis
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 598 Special Topics
PSY 599 Thesis
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 492 Honors Directed Study
PSY 493 Honors Thesis
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 580 Practicum
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 595 Continuing Registration
PSY 599 Thesis
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
PSY 592 Research
PSY 595 Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 595 Continuing Registration
PSY 598 Special Topics
PSY 599 Thesis

Presentations

See curriculum vitae.

Service

See curriculum vitae.

COVID-19 information

Fall 2021 Update page  |  FAQ page   | Novel coronavirus updates