Robin A. Flaton
Associate Professor of Psychology
Roosevelt Hall 212A
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Degrees: PHD, 1999, Teachers Coll, Columbia Univ; MPHIL, 1996, Teachers Coll, Columbia Univ; JD, 1986, St Johns Univ Jamaica; MA, 1983, Univ Chicago; BA, 1981, Hofstra Univ
Dr. Robin A. Flaton is an Associate Professor with primary responsibilities in the School for University Studies and the BA program in psychology. Dr. Flaton graduated from Hofstra University in 1981 with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She then earned a master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago (1983) and a law degree St. John's University University (1986). Dr. Flaton has worked as an attorney in Manhattan Family Court bringing forward child abuse and neglect cases on behalf of the State of New York and in a private law firm handling commercial real estate transactions. In 1999, she earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Flaton teaches courses such as Introduction to Psychology; Theory and Principles of Psychotherapy; Psychology and the Law, and Psychology and the Civil Justice System. She coordinates a Court Internship Program for students interested in a career within the legal system, in which they work with a judge in the Queens County Supreme Court.
Dr. Flaton's research focuses on the experience of being a sibling to a person with an intellectual disability. Her studies are qualitative in nature and examine the experience of growing up alongside an intellectually disabled brother or sister, from a phenomenological perspective. Dr. Flaton has also examined reasoning skills, as demonstrated in a juror reasoning task. She has published her research findings in book chapters and in journals such as Mental Retardation, Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making, and Psychological Science.