Kathy Spoehr is Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences and Professor of Public Policy. Spoehr received her AB degree at Brown in 1969 magna cum laude and with honors in mathematical psychology. She did graduate work in cognitive psychology and computer science (artificial intelligence) at Stanford University, where she was awarded the AM degree and a PhDmin psychology.
Spoehr joined the Brown faculty in 1974 as a member of the psychology department and was a founding member of the executive committee of the then Center for Cognitive Science. In 1986 she moved to the newly formed department of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, where she served as chair from 1991 to 1993. She was the associate provost for budget and planning from 1982-85, served as dean of the graduate school and research from 1993-96, and as vice provost and dean of the faculty from 1996-1999, and executive vice president and provost from 1999-2001.