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.