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Mary, Burleson

mary.burleson@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Faculty
Mail Code: 3051

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(602)543-6804

Bio

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 the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Psychology. She joined the faculty of ASU in 1997 and was promoted from assistant to associate professor in 2003.

Dr. Burleson's webpage can be found at http://www.asubiosocialpsychlab.com/.

 

 

 

 

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.

Courses

Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 595 Continuing Registration
PSY 599 Thesis

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 394 Special Topics
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 580 Practicum
PSY 590 Reading and Conference
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis

Summer 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 595 Continuing Registration

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 595 Continuing Registration
PSY 598 Special Topics
PSY 599 Thesis

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 394 Special Topics
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 494 Special Topics
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 580 Practicum
PSY 590 Reading and Conference
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 493 Honors Thesis
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 394 Special Topics
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 470 Psychopharmacology
PSY 492 Honors Directed Study
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 580 Practicum
PSY 592 Research
PSY 598 Special Topics

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 493 Honors Thesis
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 599 Thesis

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 492 Honors Directed Study
PGS 493 Honors Thesis
PGS 494 Special Topics
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 590 Reading and Conference
PSY 592 Research
PSY 599 Thesis

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 494 Special Topics
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 470 Psychopharmacology
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 590 Reading and Conference
PSY 591 Seminar
PSY 592 Research
PSY 595 Continuing Registration
PSY 599 Thesis

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HON 499 Individualized Instruction
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 493 Honors Thesis
PGS 494 Special Topics
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 592 Research
PSY 593 Applied Project
PSY 599 Thesis

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Burleson, M. H., Hall, D. L., & Gutierres, S. E.. Age moderates contrast effects in women’s judgments of facial attractiveness. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences (2015).

  2. Book chapter: Burleson, M. H. & Davis, M. C.. Social touch and resilience. The resilience handbook: Approaches to stress and trauma. Routledge (2014).

  3. Roberts, N. A. & Burleson, M. H. Processes linking cultural ingroup bonds and mental health: The roles of social connection and emotion regulation.. Frontiers in Psychology (sub-journal: Frontiers in Cultural Psychology) (2013).

  4. Book chapter: Burleson, M. H., Vincelette, T., Guan, X., & Roberts, N. A.. Marriage, affectionate touch, and health. Health and Social Relationships: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated. APA Books (2013).

  5. Miller, P. A., Roberts, N. A., *Zamora, A., *Weber, D., Burleson, M. H., Robles-Sotelo, E., & Tinsley, B.. Families coping with natural disasters: Lessons from wildfires and tornados.. Qualitative Research in Psychology (2012).

  6. Roberts, N. A., Burleson, M. H., *Weber, D., Larson, A., Devine, M. J., Sergeant, K., Vincelette, T., & Wang, N.. Emotion in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: Responses to affective pictures. Epilepsy & Behavior (2012).

  7. Soto, J. A., Roberts, N. A., Pole, N., Levenson, R. W., Burleson, M. H., King, A. R., & Breland-Noble, A.. Elevated baseline anxiety among African Americans in laboratory research settings. Journal of Psychophysiology (2012).

  8. *Herring, D. R., Burleson, M. H., Roberts, N. A., *Devine, M. J.. Coherent with laughter: Subjective experience, behavior, and physiological responses during amusement and joy.. International Journal of Psychophysiology (2011).

  9. Book chapter: Davis, M. C., Burleson, M. H., & *Kruszewski, D.. Gender: Its relationship to stressor exposure, cognitive appraisal/coping processes, stress responses, and health outcomes.. The Handbook of Stress Science: Psychology, Biology, and Health.. Springer Publishing Co. (2011).

  10. Book chapter: Tinsley, B. J., & Burleson, M. H.. Childhood health and chronic illness. The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology. Oxford University Press (2011).

  11. Burleson, M. H., Todd, M., & Trevathan, W. R.. Daily vasomotor symptoms, sleep problems, and mood: Using daily data to evaluate the domino hypothesis in middle-aged women.. Menopause (2010).

  12. Burleson, M. H.. Touch.. Encyclopedia of human relationships.. Sage Publications, Inc. (2009).

  13. Mary Burleson, Wenda Trevathan, Michael Todd. In the mood for love, or vice versa? Understanding the relations among physical affection, sexual activity, mood, and stress in the daily lives of mid-aged women. Archives of Sexual Behavior (2007).

  14. J Cacioppo, L Hawkley, J Ernst, Mary Burleson, G Berntson, B Nouriani, D Spiegel. Loneliness within a nomological net: An evolutionary perspective. Journal of Research in Personality (2006).

  15. Book chapter: Coon, David Wayne (Author) ,Burleson, Mary (Author) . Working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families. Ethnicity & the Dementias. Taylor & Francis (2006).

  16. L Hawkley, Mary Burleson, G Berntson, J Cacioppo. Loneliness in everyday life: Cardiovascular activity, psychosocial context, and health behaviors. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Individual Differences (2003).

  17. Mary Burleson, K Poehlmann, L Hawkley, J Ernst, G Berntson, W Malarkey, J Kiecolt-Glaser, R Glaser, J Cacioppo. Cardiovascular and neuroendocrine reactivity to stress in mid-aged and older women: Long-term consistency of individual differences. Psychophysiology (2003).

  18. Book chapter: The Biodemography of Human Reproduction and Fertility. Kluwer Academic Publishers (2003).

  19. J Cacioppo, J Kiecolt-Glaser, W Malarkey, B Laskowski, L Rozlog, K Poehlmann, Mary Burleson, R Glaser. Autonomic and glucocorticoid associations with the steady state expression of latent Epstein-Barr virus. Hormones and Behavior (2002).

  20. J Cacioppo, L Hawkley, E Crawford, J Ernst, Mary Burleson, R Kowalewski, W Malarkey, E van Cauter, G Berntson. Loneliness and health: Potential mechanisms. Psychosomatic Medicine (2002).

  21. Mary Burleson, K Poehlmann, L Hawkley, J Ernst, G Berntson, W Malarkey, J Kiecolt-Glaser, R Glaser, J Cacioppo. Stress-related immune changes in mid-aged and older women: Long-term consistency of individual differences. Health Psychology (2002).

  22. Mary Burleson, W Trevathan, W Gregory. Sexual behavior in lesbian and heterosexual women: Effects of menstrual cycle phase and partner availability. Psychoneuroendocrinology (2002).

  23. L Hawkley, Mary Burleson, K Poehlmann, G Berntson, W Malarkey, J Cacioppo. Cardiovascular and endocrine reactivity in older females: Intertask consistency. Psychophysiology (2001).

  24. J Cacioppo, K Hugdahl, D Spiegel, G Berntson, J Ernst, Mary Burleson, M McClintock, W Malarkey, L Hawkley, R Kowalewski, A Paulsen, J Hobson. Lonely traits and concomitant physiological processes: The MacArthur social neuroscience studies. International Journal of Psychophysiology (2000).

  25. J Cacioppo, Mary Burleson, K Poehlmann, W Malarkey, J Kiecolt-Glaser, G Berntson, B Uchino, R Glaser. Autonomic and neuroendocrine responses to mild psychological stressors: Effects of chronic stress on older women. Annals of Behavioral Medicine (2000).

  26. T McDade, J Stallings, A Angold, E Costello, Mary Burleson, J Cacioppo, R Glaser, C Worthman. Epstein-Barr virus antibodies in whole blood spots: A minimally-invasive method for assessing cell-mediated immunity. Psychosomatic Medicine (2000).

  27. Book chapter: Genetics of fertility, sexuality, and related processes. Kluwer Academic Press (2000).

  28. Book chapter: Hormones, aging, and mental disorders: The endocrine basis of geriatric psychiatry. Cambridge University Press (2000).

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Presentations

  1. *Wongsomboon, S., *Parkhurst, D., Robles, E., Burleson, M. H., & Roberts, N. A. The influence of sexual partner’s physical attractiveness outweighs perceived STI Risk in sexual decision-making.. Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Albuquerque, NM. (Nov 2015).
  2. *Parkhurst, D., *Duncan, C. J., *Rosenbusch, K., *Foster, L., *Reynolds, C., *Wongsomboon, S., Burleson, M. H., & Roberts, N. A. Attachment moderates the influence of positive interactions on RSA responses to laboratory stress.. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Seattle, Washington. (Oct 2015).
  3. *Duncan, C. J., *Rosenbusch, K., *Parkhurst, D., *Reynolds, C., *Wongsomboon, S., *Foster, L., *Velez-Bermudez, M., *Hanna, R., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Perceived childhood affection moderates touch effects on RSA responses after marital interaction.. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Seattle, Washington. (Sep 2015).
  4. Burleson, M. H. & Roberts, N. A. Emotion, stress, and affection in couples: Conflict, kissing, and co-regulation.. Invited colloquium for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arizona State University. (Mar 2015).
  5. *Kiss, A., *Duncan, C. J., Roberts, N. A., Burleson, M. H. How does your spouse make you "feel": A look into spousal positive affect and somatization.. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Pre-Conference, Long Beach, CA. (Feb 2015).
  6. *Phrasavath, L., *Duncan, C. J., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Promoting emotion regulation through affectionate touch.. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Pre-Conference, Long Beach, CA. (Feb 2015).
  7. *Bryant, V., *Duncan, C .J., *Hermosillo, L., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Are relationships good for regulation? Emotion regulation and relationship status among patients with seizure disorders.. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Pre-Conference, Long Beach, CA. (Feb 2015).
  8. *Bryant, V. A., *Hermosillo, L., *Rosenbusch, K., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Implications of emotion regulation difficulties among individuals with seizure disorders.. Annual meeting of Social Psychologists of Arizona. (Nov 2014).
  9. *Duncan, C.J., *Kiss, A., *Fakhouri, A., & Burleson, M. H. Partner attractiveness as a predictor of marital satisfaction and intimacy in married couples. Annual meeting of Social Psychologists of Arizona. (Nov 2014).
  10. *Phrasavath, L., *Fakhouri, A., *Wongsomboon, S., *Hermosillo, L., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Touchy-feely: Relationships among cultural perceptions of touch, ethnic experiences, and social connection. Annual meeting of Social Psychologists of Arizona. (Nov 2014).
  11. Burleson, M. H. Husbands and wives: Daily mood and the meanings of sexual interactions. Colloquium series, University of Maastricht School of Medicine. (Oct 2014).
  12. *Parkhurst, D., *Duncan, C. J., *Rosenbusch, K., *Torres, D., *Hermosillo, L., *Bryant, V., *Phrasavath, L., *Barker, M., Burleson, M. H., & Roberts, N. A. Does respiratory sinus arrhythmia predict emotional experience while reliving anger, happiness, and shame?. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy. (Sep 2014).
  13. *Flores, M.A., *Swanson, H., Roberts, N.A., & Burleson, M. H. Sleeping together: Marital satisfaction and the social context of sleep. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Happiness and Well-Being Pre-Conference, Austin, TX. (Feb 2014).
  14. *Flores, M.A., *Swanson, H., Roberts, N.A., & Burleson, M. H. Sleeping together: Marital satisfaction and the social context of sleep. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Happiness and Well-Being Pre-Conference, Austin, TX. (Feb 2014).
  15. *Duncan, C.J., *Dinsmore, W., *Kenar, K., *Barker, M.R., *Rosenbusch, K., Burleson, M. H., & Roberts, N.A. Scent of a man: Emotional responses to fragrances. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy. (Oct 2013).
  16. Burleson, M. H., *Vincelette, T. M., *Valancova, K., *Dinsmore, W., *Kenar, K., Roberts, N. A., & Davis, M. C. Daily physical contact and heart rate reactivity to laboratory stress: Differences between spouses. Annual convention of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy. (Oct 2013).
  17. *Hermosillo, L., *Brothers, E., *Emberlin, C., Roberts, N.A., & Burleson, M. H. Social pressures prevent help-seeking: Military spouses weigh marriage and career. Annual meeting of the Social Psychologists of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. (Mar 2013).
  18. Burleson, M. H., *Vincelette, T. M., *Valancova, K., *Dinsmore, W., *Swain, R., Roberts, N. A., & Davis, M. C. Touch versus talk: How does partner presence regulate stress responses?. Society for Psychophysiological Research, New Orleans, LA. (Sep 2012).
  19. Burleson, M. H., *Vincelette, T. M., Todd, M. Davis, M. C., & Roberts, N. A. Daily mood and the meanings of partner physical affection and sexual activity. Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL. (May 2012).
  20. Guan, X., Roberts, N. A. & Burleson, M. H. Social relationships and emotion regulation. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Preconference. (Jan 2012).
  21. Azmat, A., Burleson, M. H., Todd, M. & Trevathan, W. R Are menstrual cycle-related changes in emotion reports a response to menstrual cycle-related changes in sexual activity?. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Preconference. (Jan 2012).
  22. Valancova, K., Vincelette, T., Roberts, N. A. & Burleson, M. H. Why bad moods are such a turn-off: Emotion regulation difficulties predict perceived attractiveness in married couples.. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Preconference. (Jan 2012).
  23. Burleson, M. H. Affectionate touch in Mexican Americans and European Americans: Implications for culture, emotion, and health. Health, Emotion, and Relationships conference of the International Association for Relationship Rese. (Oct 2011).
  24. Gunther, S., Roberts, N. A., Burleson, M. H., Tinsley, B., Diaz, D., & Schneider, T. Quantum "jumps:" An analysis of mother and child discrepancies in risky decisions and their emotional underpinnings.. Health, Emotion, and Relationships conference of the International Association for Relationship Rese. (Oct 2011).
  25. Barker, M., Roberts, N.A., Vincelette, T., Torres, D., Powell, K., Valancova, K., Guan, X., Dinsmore, W., Hess, L., & Burleson, M. H. Psychophysiological basis for "psychogenic" symptom? Cardiovascular correlates of self-reported emotion regulation difficulties among patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.. Society for Psychophysiological Research. (Sep 2011).
  26. Burleson, M. H., Davis, M. C., *Guan, X., Zautra, A. J., & Irwin, M. R. Spousal love and affection, chronic stress, and regulation of the inflammatory response in rheumatoid arthritis.. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. (Oct 2010).
  27. *Devine, M. J., *Vincelette, T. M., *Weber, D. J., *Torres, D., *Harrison, L., *Call, M., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Does brachial artery blood pressure cuff inflation influence cardiovascular and skin conductance measurements?. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. (Oct 2010).
  28. Burleson, M. H. Physical affection in close relationships: Does touch promote health?. Annual convention of the International Society for Research on Emotion. (Jan 2010).
  29. *Vincelette, T. M., *Torres, D. L., *Weber, D. J., *Devine, M. J., *Harrison, L. C., *Swain, R. E., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Do reactions to traumatic stress predict emotion regulation difficulties?. Annual convention of the International Society for Research on Emotion. (Jan 2010).
  30. Burleson, M. H., Todd, M., & Trevathan, W. R. Daily vasomotor symptoms and sleep problems predict next-day mood in mid-aged women.. Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, San Francisco. (May 2009).
  31. Burleson, M. H., Davis, M. C., Roberts, N. A., Trevathan, W. R., *Devine, M., *Sheffield, R., *Addison, K., *Fraga, C., & *Harrison, L. Present-day and childhood physical affection predicts positive emotion and other psychosocial resources.. Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.. (May 2009).
  32. Roberts, N. A., *Weber, D. J., *Wilson, M. A., *Herring, D. R., *Hayes, C., *Fairchild, A., & Burleson, M. H. Do executive function and emotion regulation tendencies predict emotional responses to waiting?. Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA. (May 2009).
  33. *Zamora, A. D., Miller, P. A., Roberts, N. A., Burleson, M. H., Tinsley, B. J., *Weber, D., *Pugliese, J. A., & Bernal, A. Parents’ socialization of child coping during natural disasters: Similarities and differences across wildfires and tornados.. Society for Research on Child Development, Denver, CO.. (Apr 2009).
  34. *Herring, D. R., *Devine, M. J., *Davidson, M., *Wilson, M., *Larson, A., Roberts, N. A., & Burleson, M. H. Autonomic differences among suppressed, exaggerated, and natural amusement.. 48th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. (Oct 2008).
  35. *Devine, M. J., *Weber, D. J., *Sergeant, K., *Larson, A., Burleson, M. H., & Roberts, N. A. A comparison of seizure disorder patients’ emotional responses to pictures.. 48th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. (Oct 2008).
  36. Burleson, M. H. & Davis, M. C. Self-reported experiences of affectionate touch relate to resilience in a multiethnic sample.. Association for Psychological Science 20th Annual Convention. (May 2008).
  37. Trevathan, W. R. & Burleson, M. H. Sex, symptoms, and daily life during the menopause transition in a sample of North American women.. American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual convention. (Apr 2008).
  38. Gutierres, S, Burleson, Mary, Chavez, L, Sergeant, K, Miller, N, Rooks, D, Harrison, K, Ramales, W, Valencia, B Effect of gender and skin tone on hiring decisions of African Americans. Western Psychological Association annual convention. (Apr 2006).
  39. Rivera, R, Burleson, Mary Femi-negativity and gay and bisexual men. American Psychological Association annual convention. (Aug 2004).
  40. Burleson, Mary, Trevathan, W, Todd, M, Wright, R, Uetrecht, S, Bayer, C, Devney, J, Patel, B Physical contact and mood in perimenopausal women. Western Psychological Association annual convention. (Apr 2004).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Gonzalez,Graciela H * , Bimonte-Nelson,Heather , Burleson,Mary , Coon,David Wayne , Mcclain,Darya Denise , Sierks,Michael Richard , Gonzalez,Graciela H * , Gonzalez,Graciela H * , Burleson,Mary , Burleson,Mary , Coon,David Wayne , Coon,David Wayne , Mcclain,Darya Denise , Mcclain,Darya Denise , Sierks,Michael Richard , Sierks,Michael Richard , Burleson,Mary * , Davis,Mary C , . FY 13: Arizona Alzheimer's Disease Consortium. AADC (7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013).
  2. Burleson,Mary * , Burleson,Mary * , Davis,Mary C , . Effects of Affectionate Touch Between Spouses on Cardiovascular Stress Responses. HHS-NIH-NHLBI (9/1/2008 - 6/30/2012).
  3. Burleson,Mary * Todd,Michael Wayne . STRESS & SMOKING: EFFECTS OF DAILY STRESS, NICOTINE DEPENDENCE, & GENDER ON SMOKING BEHAVIOR. ABRC (7/1/1998 - 6/30/1999).

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Service

  1. Phoenix Caregiver Cooperative Group, Founding member (2005 - present)
  2. Phoenix Caregiver Cooperative Group, Founding member (2005 - present)
  3. ASU Speakers and Experts List, Member (1999 - present)
  4. ASU Speakers and Experts List, Member (1999 - present)
  5. ASU Speakers and Experts List, Member (1999 - present)
  6. Psychology Day Advisement Seminar at Glendale Community College, Presenter (1999 - present)

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