Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Shawn Burn


​Contact Information


  • Ph.D., M.A., Applied Social Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
  • B.S., Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Courses Taught

  • PSY 201 Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 252 Social Psychology
  • PSY 302 Behavior in Organizations
  • PSY 311 Environmental Psychology
  • PSY 329 Research Methods
  • PSY 351 Group Dynamics
  • PSY 359 Applied Research Methods
  • PSY 360 Applied Social Psychology
  • WS 311 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Research Interests

My research includes the study of gender, the psychology of environmental sustainability, and prejudice.   I generally do applied, social justice-oriented psychological research that informs policy and the design of interventions and programs intended address social problems (such as sexual assault, climate change, and prejudice towards LGBT people).   My books on international women’s issues and group dynamics are efforts to share theory and research with readers so that they have the motivation and tools to promote justice and effective groups and organizations.

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

  • Burn, S.M. (2019).  Women Across Cultures: A Global Perspective (4th ed.).  New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Burn, S.M. (in press). The psychology of sexual harassment. Teaching of Psychology.
  • Burn, S.M. (2018). Appeal to bystander intervention. . In R. Parrot (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing, pp. 140-155. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Burn, S.M. (2016). Unhealthy Helping: A Psychological Guide to Overcoming Codependence, Enabling, and Other Dysfunctional Giving. Create Space.
  • Burn, S.M. (2016). Gender identification. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, 1-3. DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss368
  • Burn, S.M., Winter, P., Hori, B., & Silver, N. (2012).  Gender, ethnic identity, and environmental concern in Asian Americans and Euro Americans.  Human Ecology Review, 19, 136-145.
  • Burn, S.M. (2009).  A situational model of sexual assault prevention through bystander intervention.  Sex Roles, 60, 779-792.
  • Burn, S.M. (2007).  Environmental Intervention Handbook for Resource Managers: A Tool for Proenvironmental Behavior Change.  United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
  • Burn, S.M., Kadlec, K., & Rexer, R. (2005).  Effects of subtle heterosexism on gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.  Journal of Homosexuality, 49, 23-48.
  • Burn, S.M., & Busso, J. (2005). Ambivalent sexism, scriptural literalism, and religiosity.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29, 412-418.

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