Prof. Dr. Melissa Lê-Hoa Võ


Prof. Dr. Melissa Lê-Hoa Võ

Head of the Department of General Psychology I

Head of the Scene Grammar Lab

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Institute of Psychology
Department of General Psychlogy I
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

PEG Building
Office: 5G.091
Lab: 5G.078

Phone: +49 (0)69 / 798-35342

Curriculum Vitae


Date of Birth: 03/18/1981
Place of Birth: Munich, Germany
Nationality: U.S. American
Children: Gioia Mai-Hoa Baldauf (4.5 years), Cy Manus Son Baldauf (2 years)
Childcare period: 01/05/2017 - 14/07/2018, 24/12/2019 - 30/06/2021


2009 Dr. Phil. in Psychology (summa cum laude)
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany
“The Allocation of Attention in Scene Perception”
2006 Diplom in Psychology (M.A.)
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
"Effects of Emotional Valence on Implicit and Explicit
Memory for Words: Can Pupil Dilation Give Clarification?"
2002 Vordiplom in Psychology (B.A.)
Universität of Eichstätt/Ingolstadt, Germany
2000 Abitur (advanced high-school diploma)
Gymnasium München/Moosach


since 7/2014

Full Professor for Cognitive Psychology (W3)
Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany

Head of the DFG funded Emmy Noether Group
“Scene Grammar Lab”, Goethe Universität Frankfurt

11/2009-6/2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow at Jeremy Wolfe’s
Visual Attention Lab, Harvard Medical School & BWH
11/2008-11/2009 Post-Doctoral Fellow at John Henderson’s
Visual Cognition Lab, University of Edinburgh


about €350.000
SFB Collaborative Research Grant „Cardinal Mechanisms of Perception: Prediction, Valuation, Categorization (SFB/TRR 135; 3rd funding period), Subproject C7
about €150.000
HMWK grant “The Adaptive Mind”
about €80.000
HOLM grant on “Cognition Design” in collaboration with Hochschule für Gestaltung
about €200.000
BMBF project on “Digi_Gap - Digitalisierung in der Lehrerbildung”
2018 Vision Science Society Young Investigator Award
2015, 2017 & 2019 YAVIS Award for outstanding teaching; Dept of Psychology
about €350.000
SFB Collaborative Research Grant „Cardinal Mechanisms of Perception: Prediction, Valuation, Categorization” (SFB/TRR 135; 2nd funding period)
about €900.000
Emmy Noether Grant from the DFG (German Research Foundation)
about $170.000
Grant from the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
about $26.000
Fellowship from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
about $20.000
Fellowship from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
about €100.000
Research Fellowship from the DFG (German Research Foundation)
  Women in Science Fellowship (Ludwig-Maximilians University Excellence Program)

Total amount of awarded third party funding to this date: > €2.3 mio


Current Organization Membership: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (full member since 2012), Psychonomic Society (full member since 2012), Association for Psychological Science, Vision Sciences Society

Editorial Board: Digital Associate Editor of the Psychonomic Society (2014-2020); Review Editor for Frontiers in Perception Science (2013-2014); Consulting Editor for Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (since 2015); Action Editor for Visual Cognition (2016-2019)

Ad-hoc reviewer for, e.g.: Acta Psychologica; Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics; Brain Research; Behavior Research Methods; Cognition; Cognitive Neuroscience; CRPI; Emotion; Frontiers in Perception Science; Human-Computer Interaction; International Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human, Perception, and Performance; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Journal of Eye Movement Research; Journal of Vision; NeuroImage, Neuropsychologia; Neuroscience Letters; Perception; PLoS ONE; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Psychophysiology; Psychological Science; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Scientific Reports; Visual Cognition; Vision Research.

Conference Organization (2011-2013) of “Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM)”. OPAM is a conference dedicated to issues in object perception, attention, memory and other areas of visual cognition. It takes place, each year, on the first day of the meeting of the Psychonomic Society. OPAM is intended as a forum primarily for scientists early in their careers, such as graduate students or post docs. Visit our website for more information:

Institutional Responsibilities:

2018 – Vice Dean, Faculty of Psychology & Sports Sciences, GU Frankfurt
2015 – Student Counsellor (elected by students), Dept. of Psychology, GU Frankfurt
2015 Vice Managing Director, Dept. of Psychology, GU Frankfurt
2014 – Member of the Faculty Committee, Dept. of Psychology, GU Frankfurt
2014 – Organizer of Wertheimer Colloquium , Dept. of Psychology, GU Frankfurt
2014 – Member of the Ethics Committee; Dept. of Psychology, GU Frankfurt

Mentoring Activities: Member of SciMento (; mentoring program for talented female PhD candidates and postdocs from 5 universities in Hesse); member of START (; part of the Hertie Institute) that supports the academic advancement of children who have recently migrated to Germany.