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Steven Woltering
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Office#: 718B Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 862-8973
Other Title: Director of the NLD
Primary Emphasis Area: Learning Sciences
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Steven Woltering is an associate professor in the department of Educational Psychology since September 2014 and jointly appointed with the department of Psychology and the TAMIN institute. He is the director and founder of the Neurobiological lab for Learning and Development (NLD) which promotes, and educates on, the use of biometrics in social and health sciences. You can learn more about the NLD's mission, research, and capability from this website:

Dr. Woltering's interest, broadly put, is to better understand the role of self-regulation in our behavior and apply this to the field of education. Self-regulation refers to the ability to control your attention and emotions and this capacity is considered crucial for developing a cognitive and emotional competence.
    Main research questions:
  • Why are certain people able to control their attention and emotions better than others?
  • How does this ability of self-regulation develop across the lifespan?
  • Can this ability of self-regulation be trained so that people can become more effective learners?
Dr. Woltering has conducted studies on the role of self-regulation in typical and atypical populations, such as those suffering from ADHD, disruptive behavior problems, anxiety disorders, or types of addictive behavior (such as overeating). His work involves individual difference, developmental, and intervention/treatment studies and adopts a wide variety of methodologies, including questionnaire, observational, meta-analytical, executive function/neuropsychological, physiological and neuroscientific measures.
Research Interests
Human Development
Selection of Publications
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Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Jia, Y., Chen, S., Deutz, N. E. P., Bukkapatnam, S. T. S., & Woltering, S.*(In press). Psychometric evaluation of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Sleep and Biological Rhythms. [IF = 0.7] (In Press)

2. Brooker, R. J., Bates, J. E., Lahat, A., Buss, K. A., Kujawa, A., Lamm, C., Canan, M. J., Moser, J. S., Dennis-Tiwary, T. A., Petersen, I. T., Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., Hoyniak, C., Tang, T., Klein, D. N., Woltering, S., & Schmidt, L. A. (2019). Conducting Event-Related Potential (ERP) Research with Young Children: A Review of Components, Special Considerations and Recommendations for Research on Cognition and Emotion. Journal of Psychophysiology. [IF = 2.9]

3. Woltering, S., Gu, C., Liu, Z., & Tannock, R. (2019). Visuospatial Working Memory Capacity in the Brain after Working Memory Training in Adult ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Attention Disorders. [IF = 3.7]

4. Deutz, M.H.F., Shi, Q., Vossen, H., Huijding, J., Prinzie, P., Dekovic, M., Van Baar, A.L., & Woltering, S.* (2018). Evaluation of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire - Dysregulation Profile (SDQ-DP). Psychological Assessment, 30(9), 1194. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000564. [IF = 3.3]

5. Chen, S., Jia, Y., & Woltering, S.* (2018). Neural Differences of Inhibitory Control between Adolescents with Obesity and Their Peers. International Journal of Obesity, 42, 1753-1761. [IF = 5.2]

6. Deutz, M. H. F., Woltering, S., Vossen, H.G.M., Dekovic, M., van Baar., A.L., Prinzie., P. (2018). Underlying Psychophysiology of Dysregulation: Resting Heart Rate and Heart Rate Reactivity in Relation to Childhood Dysregulation. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.09.434 [IF = 6.3]

7. Liu, Z., Tannock, R., & Woltering, S.*(2017). Effects of Working Memory Training on Neural Correlates of Go/Nogo Response Control in Adults with ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Neuropsychologia, 95, 54-72. *

8. Liu, Z., Glizer, D., Tannock, R., & Woltering, S. (2016). EEG alpha power during maintenance of information in working memory in adults with ADHD and its plasticity due to working memory training: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127 (2), 1307-1320

9. Woltering, S., Lishak, V., Hodgson, N., Granic, I. & Zelazo, P. D. (2016). Executive function in children with aggressive and comorbid internalizing behavior problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57 (1), 30-38

10. Woltering, S., Shi, Q. (2016). On the Neuroscience of Self-regulation in Children with Disruptive Behavior Problems: Implications for Education. Review of Educational Research, 86 (4), 1085-1110

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Mahati Kopparla (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Brenna Lin (Fall, 2019), Ph.D.

(2017). Outstanding New Faculty Award.  CEHD Dean's Development Council Award

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