Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Human Development
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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.
Please download CV for updated list of Publications.
Christopher Slaughter Prickett, Ph.D. (Summer 2021)
Suresh Chandra Joshi, Ph.D. (Fall 2020)
Yajun Jia, Ph.D. (Fall 2020)
Qinxin Shi, Ph.D. (Fall 2020)
Brenna Lin (Fall 2019)
Mahati Kopparla (Summer 2019)
Journal Articles
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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
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
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
Gray, S., Fettes, P., Woltering, S., Mawjee, K., & Tannock, R. (2015). Symptom Manifestation and Impairments in College Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Mawjee, K., Woltering, S., & Tannock, R. (2015). Working memory training in post-secondary students with ADHD: a randomized controlled study. PLOS ONE. 10(9), e0137173.
Woltering, S., Liao, V., Liu, Z. & Granic, I. (2015). Neural Rhythms of Change: Long-term Improvements after Treatment in Children with Disruptive Behavior Problems. Neural Plasticity
Woltering, S., Lishak, V., Elliott, B., Ferraro, L., & Granic, I. (2015). Dyadic attunement and physiological synchrony during mother-child discussions: An exploratory study in children with and without externalizing behavior problems. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 1-10
Gray, S., Woltering, S., & Tannock, R. (2014). The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS): utility in college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. PeerJ, 2, e324.
Kim, S., Liu, Z., Glizer, D., Tannock, R., & Woltering, S. (2014). Adult ADHD and Working Memory: Neural evidence of impaired encoding. Clinical Neurophysiology. 125, 1596-1603.
Liu, Z. X., Woltering, S., & Lewis, M. D. (2014). Developmental change in EEG theta activity in the medial prefrontal cortex during response control. NeuroImage, 85, 873-887
Woltering, S., Bazargani, N., & Liu, Z. X. (2013). Eye blink correction: a test on the preservation of common ERP components using a regression based technique. PeerJ, 1, e76.
Woltering, S., Liu, Z., Rokeach, A., & Tannock, R. (2013). Neurophysiological differences in inhibitory control between adults with ADHD and their peers. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1888-1895
Granic, I., Meusel, L. A., Lamm, C., Woltering, S., & Lewis, M. D. (2012). Emotion regulation in children with behavior problems: Linking behavioral and brain processes. Development and psychopathology, 24(03), 1019- 1029.
Woltering, S., Jung, J., Liu, Z., & Tannock, R. (2012). Resting state EEG oscillatory power differences in ADHD college students and their peers. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 8(1), 60
Woltering, S., Granic, I., Lamm, C., & Lewis, M. D. (2011). Neural changes associated with treatment outcome in children with externalizing problems. Biological Psychiatry, 70(9), 873-879.
Chapman, H. A., Woltering, S., Lamm, C., & Lewis, M. D. (2010). Hearts and minds: Coordination of neurocognitive and cardiovascular regulation in children and adolescents. Biological Psychology, 84(2), 296- 303.
Woltering, S., & Lewis, M. D. (2009). Developmental pathways of emotion regulation in childhood: A neuropsychological perspective. Mind, Brain, and Education, 3(3), 160-169.
Book Chapters
Woltering, S., & Lewis, M.D. (2013). Change in Neural Mechanism of Emotion Regulation in Children with Behavior Problems. In D. Hermans, B. Mesquita and B. Rime (Eds). Changing Emotions, (pp. 33-44), Psychology Press.
Woltering, S., & Lewis, M.D. (2011). Conceptual development and emotion: a neuropsychological perspective. In P. Smith, and H. Hart (Eds). The Blackwell-Wiley Handbook of Childhood Social Development (2nd ed), (pp. 45-63), Wiley-Blackwell.
Other Publications and Presentations
Gu, C., Liu, Z., Tannock, R., & Woltering, S.* (2018). Neural Processing of Working Memory in Adults with ADHD in a Visuospatial Change Detection Task with Distractors. PeerJ. 6, e5601. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5601. [IF = 2.2]
Impact of human animal interaction of cognitive functioning in children
PI. TAMU Texas AgriLife Research (State)
2019-12-01 — 2021-11-30
Improving Literacy for Early Readers using Biotechnology
PI. Spencer Foundation (Private)
2018-08-01 — 2020-07-31
Collaborative Research: IGE: Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in Neuroscience to Understand Human Experience in the Built Environment
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2018-07-01 — 2021-06-30
Innovative ASD Treatment Model: Lsquared [8211] Exponentially increasing opportunities for literacy and language through comprehensive story-based reading instruction.
Co-PI (). Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2018-07-01 — 2020-06-30
Innovative ASD Treatment Model: Lsquared [8211] Exponentially increasing opportunities for literacy and language through comprehensive story-based reading instruction.
Co-PI (). Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2018-07-01 — 2020-06-30
Working Towards a Testing and Assessment Protocol using Biometric Technology for Early Readers
PI. Dunn Family Foundation (Private)
2017-12-01 — 2018-11-30
Catapult Round 3 -Improving Literacy Treatment through Biometric Technology (Funded amount $30,000)
PI. TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-12-01 — 2018-05-31
Research Development Fund - Integrating Biometric Responses to the Social Sciences
PI. TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research (State)
2016-06-01 — 2017-05-31
Catapult Round 1 - Waking Up! Becoming Leaders in Sleep Research for Better Health and Learning (Funded amount $34,000)
PI. TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-02-01 — 2016-12-31
Integrating Ethnic and Moral Identities into the Moral Self, Motives, and Behaviors: Latino Young Adults and their Reactions to Daily Injustices
Co-PI (). Marquette University - Templeton Religious Trust (Private)
2015-09-01 — 2017-05-31
PESCA: Building a bio-behavioral lab for research and education in human development and learning
PI. TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research - PESCA (State)
2015-05-01 — 2016-04-30
Outstanding New Faculty Award. CEHD Dean's Development Council Award. (2017)
Winner of Best Paper Award. Paper presented for international symposium on interactive technology and ageing populations. (2016)