University at Albany

Jeanette Altarriba

Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education

Jeanette Altarriba

Dr. Jeanette Altarriba joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1992 where she is currently a Full Professor and has been affiliated with the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies since 1995.  Prior to being appointed to her current position as Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education in 2013, Dr. Altarriba served in leadership positions as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Department of Communication, and Chair of the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Altarriba has served as the Director of the Cognition and Language Laboratory since 1992.  She directs a research program in the areas of bilingual language processing, second language acquisition, and emotion, attention, memory, and cognition.  Her research has appeared in numerous scientific journals, including the International Journal of Bilingualism, American Journal of Psychology, Journal of Memory and Language, Memory and Cognition, Perception and Psychophysics, Cognition & Emotion, Visual Cognition, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She has edited five books and authored multiple book chapters. 

Dr. Altarriba has distinguished herself as a mentor and advisor to students.  Her efforts have been recognized internationally by the American Psychological Association through the Dalmas A. Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award and the Early Career Achievement Award in Teaching and Training.   Her commitment to teaching, mentoring and student support has also been recognized in the Department of Psychology and University-wide through numerous awards including the University and Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Academic Service, the President’s Award for Leadership, the Amazing Ally Award for work promoting LGBTQ equity and diversity, and awards for Outstanding Achievement in Student Advisement and Mentoring.

As Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dr. Altarriba is responsible for the coordination of the academic experience of all undergraduate students.  She oversees the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Honors College, the Student Engagement Initiative, the Advisement Services Center, the General Education Program, the Center for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success (CARSS), and the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program.