Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Shawn Burn

Pronouns: she, her, hers


​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 work is diverse but unified by my passion for using psychology to make the world a better place. My research includes the study of gender, the psychology of environmental sustainability, bystander intervention, and bias and exclusion. I generally do applied research intended to inform policy and program design and to support social justice. I believe in “giving psychology away” by showing people how they can use psychology to solve personal, group, social, and organizational problems. 

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

  • Blogger for PsychologyToday
  • Canetto, S.S., & Burn, S.M. (in press). Whose culture? Challenging the idea of an opposition between women’s human rights and the right to culture. In N. S. Rubin & R. L. Flores (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of psychology and human rights. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Burn, S.M. (2019).  Women Across Cultures: A Global Perspective (4th ed.).  New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Burn, S.M. (2019). The psychology of sexual harassment. Teaching of Psychology, 46, 96-103.
  • Burn, S.M. (2018). Appeal to bystander intervention. In R. Parrot (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing, pp. 140-155New 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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