University of Florida | Department of Psychology

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lise Abrams

Introducing Faculty Spotlight, where we will share the highlights and story of each of our fantastic UF Psychology Department Faculty members. The first faculty member on our list is Dr. Lise Abrams. Dr. Abrams is a Professor and has held the position of Chair of the UF Psychology Department since 2013. She graduated from Pomona College in 1991, earning her B.A. cum laude with a double major in Psychology and Mathematics. Dr. Abrams finished her graduate education at the University of California Los Angeles, earning both her M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1997) in Cognitive Psychology. She first joined the University of Florida Psychology Department in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and researcher. Dr. Abrams has an extensive research focus on memory and language processes in young and older adults, specifically the processes involved in comprehending and retrieving words and the changes in these processes that occur with normal aging. Specifically, Dr. Abrams is interested in investigating tip-of-the-tongue states, which are naturally-occurring retrieval failures that are characterized by a temporary inability to recall a known word, interference from taboo words during speech production, and written errors such as the production of spelling errors and homophone substitution errors.

Dr. Abrams believes that the significance of her research can further help us understand breakdown in the cognitive processes that underlie real-world phenomena that occur in everyday life. Currently, Dr. Abrams is researching the “Moses Illusion” and why proper name retrieval can increase in difficulty with age (Read her latest research findings here). In her career, she has given many significant speeches, including a 2013 invited talk honoring new Fellows at the American Psychology Association annual convention (Post-speech interview here) and a 2007 speech at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in recognition of her Young Investigator award. Dr. Abrams has also been awarded Fellow status for her accomplishments in the field of Psychology in several organizations, including the Psychonomic Society, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Psychological Association. Outside of work, Dr. Abrams enjoys playing with and walking her two dogs, Emmie and Lucie, cooking, attending live theater performances, and watching women’s gymnastics and tennis. She is not currently teaching any courses for the UF Psychology Department, but she typically teaches Cognitive Psychology (EXP 3604) and related special topics courses.