Kathy Rastle


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Personal profile

Personal profile

You can find a recent 2-page CV here and a full CV here

You can read about the impact of our research here.


My research aims to uncover the nature of the mental representations and computations that underlie aspects of language, literacy, and learning. My research has earned prizes from the Experimental Psychology Society (2017) and the British Psychological Society (2018), has been funded by project grants from the BBSRC, ESRC, British Academy, and Leverhulme Trust. 

I have a strong interest in translating my research to improve policies and practices in education, and recently won the ESRC 'Celebrating Impact' Prize for Outstanding International Impact (2020).  My research also formed the basis for a REF2021 impact case study.

Editorial Service

I am Editor in Chief for Journal of Memory and Language.  Previously, I served as an associate editor for Journal of Memory and Language (2015-2018), JEP:HPP (2012-2015), JEP:LMC (2007-2012), and Language & Cognitive Processes (2002-2007).  I have served on a variety of editorial boards over the years.

Other Service

I am President of the Experimental Psychology Society (2022-2024), and am serving as a panel member on REF UoA4. I'm also leading a major review into the Future of the PhD in the Social Sciences for the ESRC.  Previously, I served on the ESRC Strategic Advisory Board (2019-2021), the ESRC Research Committee (2015-2019), and was Chair of the ESRC grants assessment panels for Psychology, Linguistics, and Education (2010-2014) and for Psychology, Economics, & Management (2014-2015).  I served on the Medical & Health Sciences panel for the Excellence in Research for Australia (2015) exercise.

I served as Head of the Psychology department at Royal Holloway (2015-2019), and prior to that was Deputy Vice Principal for Research at Royal Holloway.




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