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 in 2011.

Dr. Stevenson’s research investigates individual and group differences in human cognition. Using behavioral, eye-tracking, and electroencephalographic techniques she explores peaks and troughs in the cognitive abilities of diverse populations. For example, she explores autistic individuals’ strength in visual processing, and autistic individuals’ weakness in praxis, or the ability to plan and execute a sequence of motor actions.


Assistant Professor of Psychology




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


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; cognitive and motor development in the autism spectrum

Recent Work

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.

Gernsbacher, M.A., Stevenson, J.L., & Dern, S. (2017). Specificity, contexts, and reference groups matter when assessing autistic traits. PLoS One, 12, e0171931.

*Black, E., Stevenson, J.L., & Bish, J. (2017). The role of musical experience in hemispheric lateralization of global and local auditory processing. Perception.

Stevenson, J.L., *Shah, S., & Bish, J. (2016). Use of structural assessment of knowledge for outcomes assessment in the neuroscience classroom. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15, A38-A43. Retrieved from

Stevenson, J.L., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2013). Abstract spatial reasoning as an autistic strength. PLoS ONE, 8, e59329.

Kellett, K.A., Stevenson, J.L., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2012). What roles does the cerebellum play in language processing? In M. Faust (Ed.), Neuropsychology of language: Advances in the neural substrates of language: Toward a synthesis of basic science and clinical research. Wiley Blackwell.

Stevenson, J.L., Harp, B., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2011). Infantilizing autism. Disability Studies Quarterly, 31(3), 1675.

Stevenson, J.L., & Kellett, K.A. (2010). Can Magnetic Resonance Imaging aid diagnosis of the autism spectrum? The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 16763-16765.

*Ursinus College student.