Professor Francis B. Colavita, Ph.D.

Professor Francis B. Colavita
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Indiana
Behavioral differences between species are better understood when we understand the differences in their sensory worlds.
Dr. Francis Colavita was Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught for more than 40 years. He also held an adjunct faculty position at Florida Atlantic University. He earned his B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from the University of Indiana. He went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Neural Sciences. Professor Colavita's teaching excellence was rewarded with five teaching awards, including the prestigious Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. This is the highest award for teaching excellence bestowed by the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Colavita published more than 30 scholarly articles in the areas of sensory processes, perception, and recovery of function following brain damage. He was the author of the book, Sensory Changes in the Elderly. Dr. Colavita passed away in early 2009.

"Professor Colavita's knowledge of this subject is rich and deep.  His fascination with it is infectious.  Add to these his humor and this course is pure delight."