Larry Stevens, Ph.D.

Larry Stevens Professor
Northern Arizona University
Blg 60 Rm #371
Phone: 928-523-6530

BA University of Colorado
MS The University of North Texas
PhD The University of North Texas

Professional interests

Dr. Stevens' primary interests are in teaching and research in the broad sub-specialty of health psychology and behavioral medicine.

Dr. Stevens coordinates a very active undergraduate and graduate research program in the psychophysiology of altered states of consciousness, of compassion, of psychotherapy techniques, and particularly in clinical hypnosis. He uses electroencephalography (EEG) and EEG neuroimaging techniques to measure and to display brain changes from a variety of states of consciousness.

Dr. Stevens is the principal investigator and program coordinator of the department's National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored summer undergraduate research internships into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion. Each summer, he leads a team of faculty mentors and eight undergraduate interns from across the country in the conduct of social and psychophysiological research into the cortical, physiological, and psychosocial underpinnings of compassionate behavior. Research outcomes are presented each year at local, regional, and national (APA) conferences.

Recent publications and grant submissions 

  • NSF REU Site Award (2013-2015): Hojooba'bee la'hooniil, Undergraduate Studies into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion. 3-year National Science Foundation Research Training Grant Award. Total amount of award: $494,072.

  • Stevens, L. C. (2012). Annual Report, REU Site Program: Hojooba'bee la'hooniil, Undergraduate Studies into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion. National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. 

  • Stevens, L. C. (2011). Annual Report, REU Site Program: Hojooba'bee la'hooniil, Undergraduate Studies into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion. National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. 

  • Stevens, L. C. (2010). Annual Report, REU Site Program: Hojooba'bee la'hooniil, Undergraduate Studies into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion. National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.

  • NSF REU Site Award (2010-2012): Hojooba'bee la'hooniil, Undergraduate Studies into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion. 3-year National Science Foundation Research Training Grant Award. Total amount of award: $423,104.

  •  Stevens, L. C. (2008). Annual Report, REU Site Program: Research Internships in Social, Developmental, Health, and Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology. National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.

  • NSF REU Site Award: Research Internships in Social, Developmental, Health, and Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology. 3-year National Science Foundation Grant Award for the first year with invited submissions on subsequent years. Amount awarded first year: $95,190.
  • Montopoli, M., Stevens, L., Smith, C. J., Montopoli, G., Passino, S., Brown, S., Camou, L., Carson, K., Maaske, S., Knights, K., Gibson, W., & Wu, J. (2013). Teh acute electrocortical (EEG) and blood pressure effects of chocolat. Manuscript revised & under review.   

Courses

Dr. Stevens teaches undergraduate statistics and health psychology, and graduate techniques of behavior change, proseminar in behavioral medicine: clinical hypnosis and biofeedback, and behavioral medicine clinical practicum.