Courtney Stevens, PhD
Courtney Stevens, PhD, is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Willamette University. She is an expert in the development and plasticity of the human brain, including the role of stress and early adversity on neural systems. In the course of her research, Stevens has partnered with preschool, K-12, and college programs to study factors that influence students’ academic success and emotional well-being. Her research is funded by the NSF and NIH. Dr. Stevens has been recognized with national awards for excellence in teaching and neuroscience outreach. In 2015, she received the American Psychological Association’s Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award. That same year, she was named to the ’40 under 40: Professors Who Inspire’ list. The Society for Neuroscience has recognized her work in public communication, outreach, and education of neuroscience with the Next Generation Award (2012). She has presented her work nationally and internationally, to academic, policy, and community audiences. Dr. Stevens completed her undergraduate degree at Reed College and her master’s and doctorate at the University of Oregon.