Tara Stevens, Ed.D.
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.
- 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
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.