Debra Cowart Steckler, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Associate Professor of Psychology, earned a Ph.D. (1981) and an M.S. (1978) from the University of Georgia, after receiving a B.A. (1975) in psychology from Butler University. A member of the Association for Psychological Science and the Virginia Psychological Association, Dr. Steckler is an expert in the areas of adolescent development, the influence of media violence on behavior, sports psychology and the psychology of criminal behavior. She was awarded a 2011-2012 Mary Washington Faculty Development Grant for the project “An Investigation of the Foundation of Arnett’s New Life Stage: Emerging Adulthood.”
Steckler recently presented at the Conference on Emerging Adulthood, the Spring Convention of the Virginia Psychological Association and the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association.
Areas of Expertise (5)
University of Georgia: Ph.D, Psychology 1981
University of Georgia: M.S., Psychology 1978
Butler University: BA, Psychology 1975
Media Appearances (1)
Steckler Presents Research at Emerging Adult Conference
Debra Steckler, department of psychology, presented two posters based on research she did with her Psyc 491-492 students at the 6th Conference on Emerging Adulthood in Chicago Oct. 9-11.
Studies of the vicarious traumatization of college students by the September 11th attacks: effects of proximity, exposure and connectednessBehaviour Research and Therapy
2004 ABSTRACT: From mid-October 2001 through the end of November 2001, we collected fairly large sets of questionnaires from undergraduates at three public universities (Albany, NY, n=507, Augusta, GA, n=336, Fargo, ND, n=526) to assess rate of acute stress disorder (ASD) and level of ASD symptoms following the September 11th attacks, rate of current posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and level of PTSD symptoms, and current level of depressive symptoms resulting from the September 11th attacks...