Courtney Stevens, Willamette University: “Attention Training to Support Academic Foundations: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective"
Professor Stevens received her B.A. in linguistics from Reed College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the Willamette faculty in 2008, Dr. Stevens lived in New York City where she was a research associate at Weill Cornell Medical College and visiting faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College. In her research, Dr. Stevens examines typical and atypical brain development using non-invasive neuroimaging techniques (EEG/ERP, fMRI, DTI). She is particularly interested in the neural systems important to selective attention, as well as the role of selective attention on academic foundations, including language and literacy acquisition. Dr. Stevens’ 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. She is currently director of Willamette’s Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL).