Steven Woltering
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Office#: 718B Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 862-8973
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Other Title: Director of the NLD
Primary Emphasis Area: Learning Sciences
Vita: View Document
Web Site: http://nld.tamu.edu/
Short Bio
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Steven Woltering is an assistant professor in the department of Educational Psychology since September 2014 and jointly appointed with the department of Psychology. 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: http://nld.tamu.edu

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.
Selection of Publications
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Research Interests
Human Development
Learning
Neuroscience
Psychopathology
Self-regulation
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 *

5. 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 *

6. 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. *

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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

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.

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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 (Current)

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
Total Funding: 0.

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
Total Funding: 1,200,000.

Texas A&M University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. (Co-I)
DHHS-Administration for Children & Families (Federal)
2015/07/01 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 2,733,919.
Courses Taught
EPSY Faculty   |   EPSY Staff