Dr. Robert Lickliter is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Developmental Psychobiology Lab at Florida International University. His primary research interests are in the development of intersensory perception in animal and human infants, with a focus on (1) the role of selective attention in perceptual processing, learning, and memory, (2) the influence of prenatal sensory stimulation on behavioral development, particularly the prenatal origins of infant perceptual and social biases and predispositions, and (3) the effects of hormones of maternal origin on perceptual and social development.


     His theoretical investigations address the assumptive base of the nature-nurture debate, the role of experience in development, the origins of phenotypic variation, psychobiological systems theory, the relations between developmental and evolutionary theory, and the history of developmental thinking in biology and psychology. He is the author of over 140 journal articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of two books, The Development of Intersensory Perception and Conceptions of Development.  He has mentored 20 Ph.D. students and over 100 undergraduate researchers.  


     Dr. Lickliter began his career at the University of California, Davis with a B.S. degree in Human Development (1975), an M.S. degree in Human Development (1979) and a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior/Psychobiology (1983). Following a period as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (1983-1986), he was Assistant Professor (1986-1991), Associate Professor (1991-1996) and then full Professor (1996-2001) in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. He has held his present appointment as Professor of Developmental Science & Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at FIU since 2001, with a parallel appointment as Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Medical School. In 2010 he was Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor in the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Lickliter has also accumulated considerable administrative experience. In the Department of Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University he was Director of Graduate Studies (1989-1992), Director of the Developmental Psychology Graduate Program (1992-1994) and Director of the Psychological Sciences Graduate Program (1994-1996).


     Since joining the Department of Psychology at FIU, he has served as Co-Director of the Infant Development Research Center (2003- 2012), as Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology (2007-2013), as Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and as Program Director of the NIH-funded RISE program (since 2013). His awards and honors include Elected Fellowships of the American Psychological Association, Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology) (2007) and of the Association for Psychological Science (2009), along with an Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award (2008) at Florida International University and an Excellence in Research Award (2009) at FIU.  Dr. Lickliter has served as associate editor of Developmental Science, as well as a member of numerous editorial boards, including Infancy, Developmental Psychobiology, and the Journal of Comparative Psychology.  

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