Dr. Petra Hauf is a professor of psychology at StFX and a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Development. She is a researcher in infant cognitive development focusing on the link between perception and production in cognitive development. She received her doctoral degree from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, and previously worked as a senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Munich, Germany. Prior to coming to Canada, she was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Frankfurt .
Dr. Hauf currently collaborates with numerous research scientists who work at high profile universities and research institutes in North America and Europe. These collaborations include work with Claes von Hofsten at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, Martin Giese at the University of Tuebingen and Birgit Elsner at Potsdam University in Germany, as well as Renee Baillargeon at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Nick Stergiou at UNO, Omaha, USA. In Canada, she works together with Chris Moore and Helene Deacon at Dalhousie University and Diane Poulin-Dubois at Concordia.