Robert Bjork, PhD

Professor of Psychology, UCLA

Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Psychology

Relevant Affiliation: Learning & Forgetting Lab, UCLA

Areas of Expertise: Human Learning & Memory; Implications of Science of Learning for Instruction

Education: PhD in Psychology, Stanford University


Robert Bjork is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The focus of his research is applying cognitive psychology to enhance educational practice. He is the creator of the directed forgetting paradigm and is principal investigator, along with Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, at UCLA’s Bjork Learning & Forgetting Lab.

Dr. Bjork has served as Editor of Memory & Cognition (1981-85) and Psychological Review (1995-2000), Co-editor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest (1998-2004), and Chair of a National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance (1988-1994).

He is a past President or Chair of the American Psychological Society (APS); the Western Psychological Association; the Psychonomic Society; the Society of Experimental Psychologists; the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA); and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.  He is a recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award; the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientist Lecturer and Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Awards; the American Physiological Society’s Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship Award, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists’ Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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