Carnegie Mellon University

Roberta Klatzky

Roberta Klatzky

Charles J. Queenan, Jr. University Professor of Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction

Areas of Expertise

Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Perception


Roberta Klatzky is the Charles J. Queenan, Jr. University Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute. She received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Stanford University.

She is the author of over 300 articles and chapters, and she has authored or edited 7 books. Her research investigates perception, spatial thinking and action from the perspective of multiple modalities, sensory and symbolic, in real and virtual environments. Klatzky's basic research has been applied to tele-manipulation, image-guided surgery, navigation aids for the blind, and neural rehabilitation. Klatzky was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the National Academy of Sciences, and she is a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (honorary).  She is also Fellow of professional associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). For her work on perception and action, she received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and the Kurt Koffka Medaille from Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany.  The Association for Psychological Science gave her its James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, which honors a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.

Her professional service includes governance roles in several societies and membership on the National Academy of Science’s Committees on International Psychology, Human Factors, Reducing Counterfeiting Using Behavioral Sciences, and Techniques for Enhancing Human Performance. She has served on research review panels for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the European Commission.   She has provided service to many editorial boards.


  • B.S. Mathematics, University of Michigan

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Stanford University


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Current Course Offerings

  • Perception
  • Applications of Cognitive Science