Robert Lickliter

Robert Lickliter

Professor, Department of Psychology; Florida International University, Miami, FL

Robert Lickliter is currently professor of developmental science and cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University.  He has also worked as professor of psychology at Virginia Tech and as visiting professor in human biology at Stanford University.  An expert in developmental psychobiology, he applies a developmental systems perspective to the study of early perceptual, cognitive, and social development. He is particularly interested in the developmental origins of phenotypic variation and the links between developmental and evolutionary theory. He is an outspoken critic of neo-Darwinism and evolutionary psychology.

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Robert Lickliter received his B.S., M.S. (Human Development) and Ph.D. (Animal Behavior) from the University of California Davis.  He did a post-doc at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro with Gilbert Gottlieb and joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1986.  He is currently Professor of Developmental Science and Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. 

His research focuses on the influence of prenatal and early postnatal sensory stimulation on neural, physiological, and behavioral development. His theoretical efforts have addressed the assumptive base of the nature-nurture debate, the role of experience in development, the relations between developmental and evolutionary theory, and the history of developmental thinking in biology and psychology.  He is the author of over 130 research articles and book chapters, and co-editor of The Development of Intersensory Perception (1994) and Conceptions of Development: Lessons from the Laboratory (2002).

Lickliter is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and served as a member of the Council on Human Development.  He served as President of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and as Associate Editor of Developmental Science, and is currently a member of the College of Reviewers for the National Science Foundation.  He received the Frank Beach Award for Comparative Psychology from the American Psychological Association.



"It is becoming increasingly clear that how well we understand evolution will depend in large part on how well we understand development."

(The growth of developmental thought: Implications for a new evolutionary psychology. New Ideas in Psychology, 26, p.365 (2008).)