- Director, iLEAP Lab in the Department of Psychology
Robin Panneton, Associate Professor of Psychology, is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. Her primary responsibilities include supporting current and future undergraduate degree programs and course offerings, executing and formulating academic policies for undergraduate education, overseeing current and future programs for study abroad opportunities, and overseeing the content and delivery of orientation to new and transfer students in our college.
Dr. Panneton holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1989, she held postdoctoral positions at the University of Rochester and the Rose F. Kennedy Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Her research has focused primarily on the mechanisms and processes guiding infants' attention to language. She has published research on the topics of infants' preferences for speaking styles, recognition of native accents, recognition of familiar speakers, and psychophysiological responses to certain patterns of speech. Most recently, she is part of a large NIH funded project that is examining aspects of early multimodal processing of faces and voices, and their relation to early indices of language learning in typically developing and at-risk groups of toddlers. She received a Canadian-U.S. Fulbright Research Chair award from McGill University in 2008. She has published many research articles in premiere developmental psychology journals, recently co-edited a book entitled Parenting stress and early child development: Adaptive and maladaptive outcomes, and has been an Associate Editor of the journal Infancy since 2017. She is an award-winning graduate and undergraduate instructor in the Department of Psychology. Fifteen students completed their Ph.D training under her mentorship with an addition three current graduate students.
In addition to her academic accomplishments and prior to becoming associate dean, she served the university in several capacities. She was the Director - SACS Accreditation Office from 2009-2011 and Director - Office of Degree Management and Support from 2011-2015. She is currently the Chair of the Academic Policies Committee of the Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies.