Psychology

Jennifer Stevenson

Jennifer L. Stevenson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ursinus College. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College, a small liberal arts (Ursinus-like) college in North Carolina. She later received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She joined the Ursinus College Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program in 2011.

Dr. Stevenson is a cognitive neuroscientist with a research focus on the autism spectrum. She uses multiple methods ranging from traditional behavioral measures (self-report, response time, and accuracy) to eye-tracking and electroencephalographic techniques. She currently has two main research lines (measuring autistic traits and identifying strengths and weaknesses in autistic cognition) in addition to a budding interest in pedagogy. 

Dr. Stevenson welcomes students to do research in her lab, including students on the autism spectrum.

Title

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degrees

  • B.S., Davidson College
  • M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison

Teaching

CIE-200 The Common Intellectual Experience

NEUR-200WQ Research Methods and Techniques in Neuroscience

PSYC-200WQ Introductory Research Methods and Statistics

NEUR/PSYC-332 Cognitive Neuroscience

NEUR/PSYC-432 Advanced Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

NEUR/PSYC-466 Seminar: Neurodiversity and the Autism Spectrum

Research Interests

Neurodiversity; Autistic traits; Visual and auditory perception; Hierarchical processing; Social communication; Motor skills; Praxis; Structural assessment of knowledge; Pathfinder networks

Recent Work

*student co-author

Peer-Reviewed Publications

*Black, E., Stevenson, J.L., & Bish, J.P. (in press). The role of musical experience in hemispheric lateralization of global and local auditory processing. Perception. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0301006616685954

Stevenson, J.L., *Lindley, C.E., *Murlo, N. (in press). Retrospectively assessed early motor and current pragmatic language skills in autistic and neurotypical children. Perceptual and Motor Skills. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0031512517710379

Gernsbacher, M.A., Stevenson, J.L., & Dern, S. (2017). Specificity, contexts, and reference groups matter when assessing autistic traits. PLoS One, 12, e0171931. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171931

Stevenson, J.L., & Hart, K.R. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient for assessing low and high levels of autistic traits in college students. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 1838-1853. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3109-1

Stevenson, J.L., *Shah, S., & Bish, J.P. (2016). Use of structural assessment of knowledge for outcomes assessment in the neuroscience classroom. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15, A38-A43. Retrieved from http://www.funjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/june-15-38.pdf

Stevenson, J.L., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2013). Abstract spatial reasoning as an autistic strength. PLoS ONE, 8, e59329. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0059329

Stevenson, J.L., Harp, B., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2011). Infantilizing autism. Disability Studies Quarterly, 31(3). Retrieved from http://www.dsq-sds.org/issue/view/84

Conference Presentations

Stevenson, J.L., & Hart, K. (2017, May). How reliable is the Autism-Spectrum Quotient at identifying low and high autistic traits in college students? Poster presented at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, CA.

*Foggo, M.B., *McFarland, B.W., *Wiggin, T.A., & Stevenson, J.L. (2016, April). The relationship between gender, autistic traits, and eye movement patterns during mental rotation and emotional face processing in college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Stevenson, J.L., *Lindley, C. E., & *Murlo, N. (2015, March). Early motor skills and current language skills in autistic and neurotypical children. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Stevenson, J.L. (2015, March). Use of discussion boards to springboard discussion and keep it going. Oral presentation given at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

*Jones, J., *Djambinov, N., *Lloyd, J., & Stevenson, J. L. (2015, March). Assessing the reliability of the Autism Spectrum Quotient in neurotypical adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Stevenson, J.L., Hart, K. R., *Williams, K. A., & *Muller, L. S. (2014, November). What eye movements reveal about the reliability of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

*Layman, C., Stevenson, J.L., & Bish, J. (2014, May). Visual processing in individuals with differential autistic qualities. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

*Adorno, B., *Aziz, Y., *Rodriguez, G., & Stevenson, J.L. (2014, March). Males’ and females’ perceptions of self-esteem and social-support in stressful fictitious scenarios. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Stevenson, J.L., Hart, K.R., & *Williams, K.A. (2012, October). An eye-tracking study of visual-spatial problem solving strategies. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

Stevenson, J.L., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2011, November). Abstract spatial reasoning as an autistic strength. Poster presented at the Cell Symposia on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Arlington, VA.