Tess Neal

Lincoln Center Applied Ethics
Faculty
Campus:
WEST
Mailcode:
3051
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty
Campus:
WEST
Mailcode:
3051

Biography

Tess Neal is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and is a founding faculty member of ASU's new Program on Law and Behavioral Science (http://lawpsych.asu.edu/).  She is both a researcher and a licensed psychologist (State of Arizona #4630 and State of Nebraska #844). 

Dr. Neal's research is funded by muliple grants from the National Science Foundation and other sources, and she has published one edited book and nearly three dozen peer-reviewed publications in such journals as PLOS ONEPsychology, Public Policy, and 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 and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.  She was named a 2016 "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science, a designation that recognizes 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 directs the Clinical and Legal Judgment Lab at ASU: http://psych-law.lab.asu.edu 

Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (with minors in psychology-law and statistics) - The University of Alabama (2012)  

Clinical-Forensic Postdoctoral Residency - University of Massachusetts Medical School (2012-2013)

National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - University of Nebraska (2013-2015) 

Research Interests

Dr. Neal's 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 peoples 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., the legal system, the scientific enterprise, healthcare and mental health systems, government) with the twin goals of discovering new understandings about how humans make decisions while also making concrete contributions to real-world problems.

Research Group

Clinical and Legal Judgment Lab: http://psych-law.lab.asu.edu/

ASU Program on Law and Behavioral Science: http://lawpsych.asu.edu/

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics: https://lincolncenter.asu.edu/lincoln-center-applied-ethics 

 

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  1. Neal, T.M.S. (in press). Forensic psychology and correctional psychology: Distinct but related subfields of psychological science and practice.  American Psychologist.
  2. Neal, T.M.S. (in press). Discerning bias in forensic psychological reports in insanity cases.  Behavioral Sciences & the Law.
  3. Salekin, K.L., Neal, T.M.S., & Hedge, K.A. (in press). Validity, inter-rater reliability, and measures of adaptive behavior: Concerns regarding the probative versus prejudicial value.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 24, 24-35. doi: 10.1037/law0000150
  4. Brodsky, S.L., Dvoskin, J.A., & Neal, T.M.S. (2017). Not taking the bait: Problem temptations for the expert witness. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, 45, 460-463. 
  5. Neal, T.M.S. & Cramer, R.J. (2017). Moral disengagement in legal judgments. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 14, 745-761. doi: 10.1111/jels.12163
  6. PytlikZillig, L.M., Kimbrough, C.D., Shockley, E., Neal, T.M.S., Herian, M.N., Hamm, J.A., Bornstein, B.H., & Tomkins, A. (2017).  A longitudinal and experimental study of the impact of knowledge on the bases of institutional trust. PLOS ONE, 12, e0175387. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175387.
  7. Bouwmeester, S, Verkoeijen, P.,….Neal, T.M.S. & Warner, M…. (2017). Registered replication report: Rand, Greene, & Nowak (2012).  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 527-542. doi: 10.1177/1745691617693624 
  8. PytlikZillig, L.M., Hamm, J.A., Shockley, E., Herian, M., Neal, T.M.S., Kimbrough, C., Tomkins, A.J., Bornstein, B.H. (2016). The dimensionality of trust-relevant constructs in four institutional domains: Results from confirmatory factor analyses.  Journal of Trust Research, 6, 111-150. doi:10.1080/21515581.2016.1151359
  9. Neal, T.M.S. (2016). Are forensic experts already biased before adversarial legal parties hire them?  PLOS ONE, 11, e0154434. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154434.
  10. Neal, T.M.S. & Brodsky, S.L. (2016). Forensic psychologists’ perceptions of bias and potential correction strategies in forensic mental health evaluations.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22, 58-76. doi: 10.1037/law0000077
  11. Neal, T.M.S., Miller, S.L., & Shealy, R.C. (2015). A field study of a comprehensive violence risk assessment battery.  Criminal Justice & Behavior, 42, 952-968.  doi: 10.1177/0093854815572252
  12. Parrott, C.T., Neal, T.M.S., Wilson J.K., & Brodsky, S.L. (2015). Differences in expert witness knowledge: Do mock jurors notice and does it matter? Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 43, 69-81.
  13. Neal, T.M.S. (2014). Women as expert witnesses: A review of the literature. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 32, 164-179. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2113
  14. Neal, T.M.S. & Grisso, T. (2014). Assessment practices and expert judgment methods in forensic psychology and psychiatry: An International Snapshot.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41, 1406-1421. doi: 10.1177/0093854814548449.
  15. Neal, T.M.S. & Grisso, T. (2014).  The cognitive underpinnings of bias in forensic mental health evaluations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 20, 200-211. doi:10.1037/a0035824
  16. Candilis, P. & Neal, T.M.S. (2014). Not just welfare over justice: Ethics in forensic consultation. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19, 19-29. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12038
  17. Neal, T.M.S. & Brodsky, S.L. (2014). Occupational socialization’s role in forensic psychologists’ objectivity. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 14, 24-44. doi: 10.1080/15228932.2013.863054
  18. Brodsky, S.L., Neal, T.M.S., & Jones, M.A. (2013).  A reasoned argument against banning psychologists’ involvement in death penalty cases.  Ethics & Behavior, 23, 62-66. doi:10.1080/10508422.2013.757954
  19. Cramer, R.J., DeCoster, J., Neal, T.M.S., & Brodsky, S.L. (2013). The Observed Witness Efficacy Scale: A measurement of effective testimony skills. Journal of Applied Social Psych., 43, 1691-1703. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12124
  20. Girvan, E., Cramer, R.J., Titcomb, C., Neal, T.M.S., & Brodsky, S.L. (2013). The propriety of preemptory challenges for perceived personality traits.  Law & Psychology Review, 37, 49-82.
  21. Neal, T.M.S. & Appelbaum, K.L. (2013).  Expert opinions based on inadmissible evidence.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 41, 449-451. 
  22. Neal, T.M.S., Cramer, R.J., Ziemke, M.H., & Brodsky, S.L. (2013).  Online searches for jury selection. Criminal Law Bulletin, 49, 305-318.
  23. Neal, T.M.S. & Nagle, J.E. (2013).  Measuring abuse sequelae: Validating and extending the Trauma Symptom Checklist-40.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 22, 231-247. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2013.764953
  24. Brodsky, S.L., Wilson, J.K., & Neal, T.M.S. (2013). Refusing and withdrawing from forensic evaluations.  Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 13, 14-26. doi: 10.1080/15228932.2013.746908
  25. Neal, T.M.S., Guadagno, R.E., Eno, C.A., & Brodsky, S.L. (2012). Warmth and competence on the witness stand: Implications for credibility of male and female expert witnesses. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 40, 488-497.
  26. Neal, T.M.S., Christiansen, A., Bornstein, B.H., & Robicheaux, T. (2012). The effects of mock jurors’ beliefs about eyewitness performance on trial judgments. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 18, 49-64. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.587815
  27. Neal, T.M.S. & Sellbom, M. (2012). Examining the factor structure of the Hare Self-Report Psychopathy Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94, 244-253. doi:10.1080/00223891.2011.648294
  28. Kelly, J.O., Brodsky, S.L., Neal, T.M.S., & Cramer, R.J. (2011). Prosecutor pre-trial attitudes and plea-bargain behavior toward veterans with PTSD. Psychological Services, 8, 319-331. doi: 10.1037/a0025330
  29. Barnett, M.E., Brodsky, S.L., & Neal, T.M.S. (2011). Mitigation evaluations: A survey of current practices. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 11, 21-41. doi: 10.1080/15228932.2011.521724
  30. Cramer, R.J., Neal, T.M.S., DeCoster, J., & Brodsky, S.L. (2010).  Witness self-efficacy: Development and validation of the construct.  Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 28, 784-800. doi: 10.1002/bsl.952
  31. Neal, T.M.S. (2010).  Choosing the lesser of two evils: A framework for considering the ethics of competence for execution evaluations. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 10, 145-157. doi: 10.1080/15228930903446724
  32. Neal, T.M.S. & Clements, C.B. (2010). Prison rape and psychological sequelae: A call for research. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 16, 284-299. doi: 10.1037/a0019448
  33. Neal, T.M.S., Lichtenstein, B., & Brodsky, S.L. (2010).  Clinical implications of stigma in HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.  International Journal of STDs & AIDS, 21, 158-160. doi:10.1258/ijsa.2008.008445
  34. Brodsky, S.L., Neal, T.M.S., Cramer, R.J., & Ziemke, M.H. (2009).  Credibility in the courtroom: How likeable should an expert witness be?  Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 37, 525-532. 
  35. Cramer, R.J., Neal, T.M.S., & Brodsky, S.L. (2009).  Self-efficacy and confidence: Theoretical distinctions and implications for trial consultation.  Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 61, 319-334. doi: 10.1037/a0017310   
  36. Neal, T.M.S. & Brodsky, S.L. (2008).  Expert witness credibility as a function of eye contact behavior and gender.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 1515-1526. doi: 10.1177/0093854808325405

BOOKS

  1. Shockley, E., Neal, T.M.S., & PytlikZillig, L.M., & Bornstein, B.H. (Eds.) (2016). Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration. New York: Springer.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Neal, T.M.S., Hight, M., Howatt, B.C., & Hamza, C. (in press). The cognitive and social psychological bases of bias in forensic mental health judgments. In M.K. Miller & B.H. Bornstein (Eds). Advances in Psychology and Law: Volume 3. New York: Springer.
  2. Clements, C. & Neal, T.M.S. (in press). Research in criminal psychology.  In R.D. Morgan (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. 
  3. Neal, T.M.S. (2017). Identifying the forensic psychologist role. In G. Pirelli, R. Beattey, & P. Zapf (Eds.), The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A Casebook (1-17).  New York: Oxford University Press.
  4. Herian, M.N. & Neal, T.M.S. (2016). Trust as a multilevel phenomenon: Implications for improved integrative science in trust research. In E. Shockley, T.M.S. Neal, L.M. PytlikZillig, & B.H. Bornstein (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration (117-130). New York: Springer.
  5. Neal, T.M.S., PytlikZillig, L.M., Bornstein, B.H., & Shockley, E. (2016). Inspiring and advancing the many-disciplined study of institutional trust. In E. Shockley, T.M.S. Neal, L.M. PytlikZillig, & B.H. Bornstein (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration (1-16). NY: Springer.
  6. Neal, T.M.S., Shockley, E., & Schilke, O. (2016). The “dark side” of institutional trust.  In E. Shockley, T.M.S. Neal, L.M. PytlikZillig, & B.H. Bornstein (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration (177-192). NY: Springer.
  7. Brodsky, S.L. & Neal, T.M.S. (2013).  Preparing and giving expert testimony.  In Koocher, G.P., Norcross, J.C. & Greene, B.A. (Eds.) Psychologist’s Desk Reference: Third Edition (604-608). New York: Oxford University Press.

Research Activity

Grants Support:

External Grants Received

National Science Foundation.  "Expert Bias: Perceptions, Misperceptions, and Their Implications" (Co-PI: Emily Pronin, Princeton Univ.) (#SES-LSS-1655011).  $279,280.  05/2017-04/2020

National Science Foundation. "Calibration in Court: Jurors' Use of Scientific Information" (Co-PI: Sarah Gervais, U of Nebraska-Lincoln) (#SES-LSS-1733957). $272,287. 09/2017-08/2019

American Psychology-Law Society, & the Society for the Psych. Study of Social Issues.  "An Experimental Study of Bias in Psychologists’ Diagnostic Reasoning" (Note: ASU partially matched these grant-in-aid funds).  $8,850.  11/2016 – 11/2017

Association for Psychological Science.  Perspectives on Psychological Science Registered Replication Project for Rand et al. (2012).  $1,209.  07/2015-05/2016

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.  "To Approach Good Choices or To Avoid Bad Choices?  How Approach and Avoidance ‘Nudge’ Policies affect Public Trust and Policy Support."  $1,980.  01/2015-01/2016

National Science Foundation. "Institutional Trust and Confidence Workshop" (#SES-LSS-1353980). $47,343. 01/2014-01/2015

National Science Foundation.  "The Objectivity Demand: Experiences & Behaviors of Psychologists in Capital Case Evaluations" (DDRIG, SES-LSS-1022849).  $14,997.  08/2010-08/2011.

 

Internal Grants Received

ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development (KED) and New College.  New College Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activities Seed Grant: How and Why are Experts’ Judgments Biased?  $4,999.  07/2017-06/2018

ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. "Expert Bias: Perceptions, Misperceptions, and Their Ethical Implications." $4,439.  07/2017-06/2018

ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.  "Experts & Ethics: A Conceptual and Empirical Research Proposal with Four Deliverables."  $5,531.  07/2016-06/2017

ASU New College Undergraduate Intensive Research Experience.  NCUIRE Team Awards, Research Assistant Awards (multiple semesters, multiple students).  $9,875 total.  01/2016 - 12/2017.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PSY 474 Correctional Psychology
PSY 546 Advanced Forensic Psychology
PSY 592 Research
PSY 599 Thesis
Fall 2017
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 599 Thesis
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PSY 368 Forensic Psychology
PSY 492 Honors Directed Study
PSY 493 Honors Thesis
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 492 Honors Directed Study
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 598 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
PSY 366 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction