Dr. Bennett I. Bertenthal was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and James H. Rudy Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in January 2007. Prior to his appointment at IU, he was a Professor of Psychology and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Fellow of the Computation Institute. He served as the Assistant Director of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from October 1, 1996 to December 31, 1999. Dr. Bertenthal began his career at the University of Virginia in 1979 and remained there for 20 years.
Dr. Bertenthal is the author of more than 100 publications on the development of perception and action, developmental cognitive neuroscience, visual processing of motion information, perception and production of biological motions, multimodal communication, and science policy. During his career he has received numerous federal and private foundation grants, and is currently the Director of the NSF funded Social Informatics Data Grid (SIDGrid). He has lectured extensively on challenges and opportunities for the social and behavioral sciences in the 21st century, and has served on a number of National Science and Technology Council subcommittees concerned with basic science and fundamental research on children. Dr. Bertenthal is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association.