UArizona Cognitive Science comprises two units: the Cognitive Science Program in the College of Science and the Cognitive Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in the Graduate College.
Cognitive Science Program

Five tenure-track faculty members hold partial appointments in Cognitive Science, with their primary appointments in traditional departments; their home departments are listed in parentheses following their names. One career-track lecturer holds a full appointment in Cognitive Science.

Jessica Andrews-Hanna
(Associate Professor, Psychology)

Genesis Arizmendi
(Assistant Professor, Speech/Language and Hearing)

Sarah Cook (Career Track Lecturer)

Tzu Yin (Vicky) Lai
(Assistant Professor, Psychology)

Janet Nicol 
(Professor, Linguistics)

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini 
(Professor, Linguistics)

Cognitive Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP)

UArizona GIDPs bridge across traditional departmental boundaries to facilitate cutting edge interdisciplinary research and teaching. The Ph.D. minor in Cognitive Science is offered through the GIDP.  Jonathan Tullis is the Chair of the Cognitive Science GIDP.

A total of 70 faculty members from 7 colleges and 21 departments constitute the Cognitive Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP).

Three GIDP faculty categories are:

UA Faculty

UA Affiliated Faculty (including Emeritus Faculty)

Non-UA Faculty with Courtesy Appointments

Cognitive Science GIDP Executive Commitee
Jessica Andrews-Hanna Term: 8/22/22 - 8/22/25
Jonathan Tullis, Chair Term: 06/01/24 - 5/31/29
Tamar Kugler  Term: 8/10/22 - 8/10/25
Aneta Kielar Term: 7/01/21 - 6/30/24


The Cognitive Science Program and the Cognitive Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program are two of the six units in the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior  in the College of Science at the University of Arizona. The other units are the Neuroscience Department, the Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, the Psychology Department, and the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department. 

School of Mind Brain and Behavior

College of Science

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs