Texas Tech University

Tara Stevens, Ed.D.

Professor of Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology and Leadership

Email: tara.stevens@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-2486

Office: Education 373


Dr. Tara Stevens is a professor of Educational Psychology and is licensed to practice psychology in Texas public schools as an LSSP.  Her experience as a practitioner has informed her research in mathematics self-efficacy, interest, and enrollment intentions. She has used this research to support curriculum development, research, and evaluation for grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, American Educational Research Association/IES, and the Mathematical Association of America/Tensor-Summa Foundation.  Dr. Stevens has developed multiple measures designed to assess teacher practices in mathematics instruction and student mathematics interest and self-efficacy.  Additionally, Dr. Stevens has published in the area of ADHD, exploring issues related to television viewing and medication therapy. 

Tara Stevens


  • B.A. in Psychology, Angelo State University 1992
  • M.S. in Psychology, Angelo State University, 1994
  • Ed.D. in Educational Psychology, Texas Tech University, 2000

Areas of Expertise

  • Instrument development to support grant evaluation activities (e.g., Mathematics Interest Inventory, Students’ Perceptions of Teacher Successes, Sources of Math Self-Efficacy)
  • Development of curricular materials (Building Self-Efficacy for Self-Efficacy Builders) to support the training of middle level mathematics teachers
  • Program evaluation of STEM projects
  • Assessment in School Psychology 

Selected Publications

Stevens, T., Harris, G., & Higgins, R. (2013). Student rating of teacher practices.  International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology, 44, 984-995.

Barnard-Brak, L., Stevens, T., Robinson, E., & Holt, A. (2013). School psychologist diagnostic decision-making: A pilot study. Psychology in the Schools, 50, 567-576.

Stevens, T., Barnard-Brak, L., & To, Y. (2009). Television viewing and symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity across time: The importance of research questions. Journal of Early Intervention, 31, 199-214.

Stevens, T., & Mulsow, M. (2006). There is no meaningful relationship between television exposure and symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.Pediatrics, 117, 665-672.

Stevens, T., & Olivárez, Jr., A. (2005). Development of the Mathematics Interest Inventory. Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development, 38, 141-152.