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 associate professor in the Department of Psychology and is a resident faculty member in the Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior. He was founding editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Comparative Psychology from 2010-2017. Dr. Stevens is interested in the evolution of decision making in humans and other animals. At the moment, his research focuses on intertemporal choice, risky choice, cooperation, and human-animal interaction. He teaches courses on Evolution, Behavior and Society; Controversial Issues in Psychology; and the Psychology of Decision Making.

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Graduate Students

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.
Billy Lim

Billy Lim

Billy is a PhD student who graduated from the University of Auckland in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology. For his honours thesis, he examined the presence of three signature of jealousy in dogs. Following the completion of his degree, he researched the spatial abilities of fish using movable fish tanks with the Animal Minds Lab at the University of Auckland. Billy is interested in the co-evolutionary history between humans and dogs and how each species has shaped the other’s cognition which he is excited to explore further at CCHIL.
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

Jessica Barela

Jessica Barela

Toria Biancalana

Toria Biancalana

Rachel Bruner

Rachel Bruner

Wren Dwinell

Wren Dwinell

Rose Felice

Rose Felice

Isaac Martinez

Isaac Martinez

Joelle Sanger

Joelle Sanger

Katie Trevino

Katie Trevino

Bailey Wilson

Bailey Wilson


Former Lab Members

Holly Ahmann

Meredith Batten

Jesse Baumann-Berg

Kenanile Bigba

Brandon Bogus

Megan Bosworth

Denise Chin

Allie Cruikshank

Victoria Contreras

Tyler Cully

Yesenia Delgadillo-Orozco

Chandler Dulin

Juan Duque (Arcadia University)

Jasmine Emerick

Alex Enerson

Krysten Fries

Aiswary Ganapathy

Cherylynn Gibson

Patrick Griffin

Shannon Guy

Kris Hans

Haley Hayes

Treavor Heeney

Madi Hemenway

Megan Herridge

Marisa Howell

Kylie Hughes

Teresa Jarrett

Kendall Kelly

Maggie Kempf

Haley Kizer

Emma Klein

Laura Klein

Kristina Lech

Nik Leger

Whitney Leichner

Alexis Lindner

Gretchen Lusso

Athena Manning

Stephanie Marsh

Maddie Mathias

Trevor Mattox

Sama Mehta

Carly Moran

Brianna Moser

Duy Nguyen

Dina Morales

Vitor Hugo Oliveira

Christa Ostdiek

Alexandria PytlikZillig

Nina Radulovic

Tanner Rasmussen

McKenna Rezny

Anna Rodriguez

Sanjaya Roy

Alex Ruhlman

Kayla Ruterbories

Alexis Saltzman

Taylor Schendt

Matt Schmitt

Molly Shane

Kole Smith

Tyler Stading

Emily Stockwell

Noah Svec

Elise Thayer (Farm Credit Services of America)

Adam Thurley

Destiny Vail

Audrey Vist

Liza Welles

Sam Wenzel

Haley Wilson

Aotian Yang

Chelsea Yang

McKenna Yohe

Molly Zuercher