Academics - Faculty Profiles

Leah Light, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Associate Dean of Faculty for Research, Institutional Review Board

Leah L. Light, Ph.D

    With Pitzer Since: 1970
    Field Group: Psychology
    Campus Address: Broad Hall 105
    Phone: 909.607.3823
    Email: leah_light

    Ph.D., Stanford University
    B. A., Wellesley College

Expertise Areas

Human memory and cognition; memory and aging.

Additional Information

Member of the Professional Staff, Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Inglewood.

Institutional Review Board

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Awards and Honors

In 2008, Professor Light was named chair-elect for the American Psychological Association's Publications and Communications Board and she chaired the American Psychological Association's Electronic Resources Advisory Committee.

2007 Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award from Division 20 (Adulthood and Aging) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement (DRA) Award, sponsored by the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation, is Division 20's most prestigious award. It has been established to honor researchers who have made exceptional theoretical and empirical contributions to the psychological science of aging.

Recent Community Involvement

In 2008-09. Professor Light was a grant reviewer for the Social Psychology and Interpersonal Processes Initial Review Group and the Roybal Centers Initial Review Group at the National Institutes of Health. She served on the editorial boards of Psychology and Aging and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

Recent Publications - Articles and Book Chapters

"Memory for Items and Associations: Distinct Representations and Processes in Associative Recognition," Journal of Memory and Language, vol. 59 (2008). With N.G. Buchler and L.M. Reder.

"Effects of Age and Study Repetition on Plurality Discrimination," Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, vol. 16, No. 4 (2009). With C. Chung.

"Discriminating Semantic from Episodic Relatedness in Young and Older Adults," Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, vol. 16, No. 5 (2009). With M.M. Patterson, J.C. Van Ocker and D. Olfman.