Barbara Landau, Ph.D.

Dick and Lydia Todd Professor of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Landau’s research ranges broadly across the domains of space and language by focusing on the nature of human spatial knowledge, the nature of language acquisition and the relationships between space and language. Current projects include investigations of non-linguistic spatial representation in typically developing children and people with Williams syndrome; cross-linguistic studies of spatial language; the effect of brain damage on space, language and art; and whether the language children learn affects the way they think.

Dr. Landau is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Cognitive Science Society, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009 and received the William James Fellow award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Psychological Association in 2018.

Dr. Landau has written or edited 6 books and special issues, and has published many scientific papers on the topics of language acquisition and spatial representation in typically and atypically developing individuals. She has been at The Johns Hopkins University since 2001, where she has held positions of Department Chair, Vice-Provost of Faculty, and Director of the Science of Learning Institute. Before moving to Johns Hopkins, she held faculty positions at Columbia University, the University of California-Irvine, and the University of Delaware.

PhD, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

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