Rebecca Stephens


I am an Instructor trained at Texas A&M University - Commerce. My passion is teaching, and I very much enjoy working with future teachers, as well as psychology students. After teaching theatre for fourteen years in middle and high school, I joined our TAMU-C faculty part time in 1993 to teach our undergraduate educational psychology offerings (Psy300), and joined our faculty full time in 1998, where I also teach Introduction to Psychology and other courses in such areas as cognitive views of behavior management. I have taught face-to-face classes, distance education, and web-based courses. My research interests include teacher efficacy, the development of critical thinking skills, and social skills programs. My Bachelor of Arts degree is from Tufts University, located outside of Boston, and my M.S. in Psychology is from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce. I was recently very honored to be a recipient of the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Texas A&M University System, and I am also honored to serve on a number of university and departmental committees.


Representative Publications/Presentations:

Gadzella, B. M., Hogan, L., Masten, W., Stacks, J., Stephens, R., & Zascavage, V. (2006).  Reliability and validity of the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal-Form S from different academic groups. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 33,  141-143.

Gadzella, B. M., & Stephens, R. (2006). Assessing educational psychology students’ critical thinking  scores with academic performance. Presented at the 2007 Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Ft.Worth, TX.

Stephens, R., & Collins, J. (1995). Scripted  role play as an intermediary process in social skills development with emotionally/behaviorally disordered youth. Presented at the annual convention of the Texas Association of School Psychologists, Austin, Texas.