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.
Curriculum vitae

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 worked as a primate enrichment intern studying ape cognition and behavior at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
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.

Project Manager

Elise Thaler

Elise Thayer


Undergraduate Students

Megan Bosworth

Megan Bosworth

Tyler Cully

Tyler Cully

Marisa Howell

Marisa Howell

Gretchen Lusso

Gretchen Lusso

Maddie Mathias

Maddie Mathias

Alexandria PytlikZillig

Alexandria PytlikZillig

Tanner Rasmussen

Tanner Rasmussen


Former Lab Members

Holly Ahmann

Jesse Baumann-Berg

Brandon Bogus

Denise Chin

Victoria Contreras

Chandler Dulin

Jasmine Emerick

Alex Enerson

Krysten Fries

Cherylynn Gibson

Patrick Griffin

Shannon Guy

Kris Hans

Treavor Heeney

Haley Kizer

Laura Klein

Kristina Lech

Nik Leger

Whitney Leichner

Alexis Lindner

Athena Manning

Trevor Mattox

Sama Mehta

Duy Nguyen

Dina Morales

Vitor Hugo Oliveira

Christa Ostdiek

Anna Rodriguez

Sanjaya Roy

Kayla Ruterbories

Matt Schmitt

Molly Shane

Kole Smith

Tyler Stading

Emily Stockwell

Noah Svec

Adam Thurley

Audrey Vist

Liza Welles

Aotian Yang

Chelsea Yang