Jeff Stevens

Jeffrey R. Stevens

E-mail: Jeff Stevens email address

Phone: +1 402 472 1840

Dr. Stevens is the director of the Adaptive Decision Making Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota in 2002. He then spent four years as a Ruth L Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. From 2006-2011, he held a research scientist position in the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Dr. Stevens is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and is a faculty member in the Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior. He is editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Comparative Psychology, an open-access journal aiming to publish top-quality research on psychological approaches to animal behavior and cognition. Dr. Stevens is interested in the evolution of decision making in humans and other animals. At the moment, his research focuses on cooperation, intertemporal choice, risky choice, and social contact. He teaches courses on Evolution, Behavior and Society and the Psychology of Decision Making.
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Graduate Students

Juan Duque

Juan Duque

Juan graduated with honors in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2011. He completed his senior thesis on multimodal integration in the praying mantis and subsequently studied ape cognition and behavior at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. As a graduate student, he has explored the factors that influence prosocial and affiliative behaviors in pinyon jays, Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus. In these projects, Juan uses a combination of behavioral and physiological methods to understand individual variation in, for example, voluntary food sharing and formation of social bonds. In addition to research, Juan has interdisciplinary teaching experience. He has been a teaching assistant for five courses and instructor for four others, ranging from Introductory Psychology to upper-level Behavioral Neuroscience.
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Francine Goh

Francine Goh

Francine graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Fontbonne University in 2015. As an undergraduate, she explored the effects of stress on decision making in social dilemmas for her senior thesis. Francine is interested in decision making behavior in social contexts, particularly in when individuals decide to engage in prosocial behavior and cooperate with others.
Elise Thayer

Elise Thayer

Elise graduated from UNL in 2017 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She studied the effects of nature on decision making in the ADML her senior year, and stayed on post-bacc to venture into the realms of animal behavior and community outreach. Elise is excited to further explore human decision making in a variety of contexts, including food choices and human animal interactions.
London Wolff

London Wolff

London graduated with honors in Biology and Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation from Canisius College in 2016. She completed her senior thesis on the affects of the domestication process on dogs’ social cognitive skills. Subsequently she researched decision making with orangutans and dolphins as well as long-tailed macaque social structure at the Indianapolis Zoo. London is interested in exploring how social structure and developmental differences of individuals across and within species impact their decision making processes, specifically looking at impulsivity and risk taking.

Undergraduate Students

Meredith Batten

Meredith Batten

Toria Biancalana

Toria Biancalana

Yesenia Delgadillo-Orozco

Yesenia Delgadillo-Orozco

Agustín Hayes

Agustín Hayes

Haley Hays

Haley Hays

Kylie Hughes

Kylie Hughes

Kendall Kelly

Kendall Kelly

Maggie Kempf

Maggie Kempf

Stephanie Marsh

Stephanie Marsh

Brianna Moser

Brianna Moser

Nina Radulovic

Nina Radulovic

Alexis Saltzman

Alexis Saltzman

Taylor Schendt

Taylor Schendt

Kole Smith

Kole Smith

Katie Trevino

Katie Trevino

Sam Wenzl

Sam Wenzl

McKenna Yohe

McKenna Yohe


Former Lab Members

Holly Ahmann

Jesse Baumann-Berg

Brandon Bogus

Megan Bosworth

Denise Chin

Allie Cruikshank

Victoria Contreras

Tyler Cully

Chandler Dulin

Jasmine Emerick

Alex Enerson

Krysten Fries

Aiswary Ganapathy

Cherylynn Gibson

Patrick Griffin

Shannon Guy

Kris Hans

Treavor Heeney

Madi Hemenway

Marisa Howell

Haley Kizer

Laura Klein

Kristina Lech

Nik Leger

Whitney Leichner

Alexis Lindner

Gretchen Lusso

Athena Manning

Maddie Mathias

Trevor Mattox

Sama Mehta

Carly Moran

Duy Nguyen

Dina Morales

Vitor Hugo Oliveira

Christa Ostdiek

Alexandria PytlikZillig

Tanner Rasmussen

Anna Rodriguez

Sanjaya Roy

Alex Ruhlman

Kayla Ruterbories

Matt Schmitt

Molly Shane

Kole Smith

Tyler Stading

Emily Stockwell

Noah Svec

Adam Thurley

Audrey Vist

Liza Welles

Aotian Yang

Chelsea Yang