Stevens was included because of her ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, her involvement on campus and in the community, and her overwhelming passion for her academic discipline.
Nominations were collected through students, alumni and faculty recommendations following an open call to several hundred colleges and universities across the country.
Stevens, who’s worked at Willamette since 2008, examines typical and atypical brain development using non-invasive neuroimaging techniques. She is particularly interested in the neural systems important to selective attention and the role it has on language and literacy acquisition.
Her research has appeared in several venues, including the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science, Brain Research, and the Journal of Learning Disabilities. She has also lectured both nationally and internationally on the development of attention and is the director of Willamette’s Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory.
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