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Elizabeth A. Segal, Ph.D.


Elizabeth A. Segal, Ph.D., is a social policy analyst with a background in professional social work and a professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Her current research is on social empathy—the application of empathic insights to enhance better understanding between people and different groups, and as a result promote social policies and programs that reflect empathy and social justice. She has worked on creating a compendium of methods to teach social empathy and an instrument to measure people’s inclination towards social empathy, the Social Empathy Index. The SEI provides an instrument to gauge the effectiveness of teaching methods and interventions that improve people’s interpersonal and social empathic abilities. The SEI is available in the book Assessing Empathy, and a full discussion of social empathy can be found in the book Social Empathy: The Art of Understanding Others.

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