Professor Kathy Rastle

Personal profile


My research aims to uncover the nature of the mental representations and computations that underlie aspects of human cognition, within an interdisciplinary perspective that includes Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Experimental Phonetics. Within the broad area of human cognition, my primary interest lies in understanding fundamental aspects of the normal language system and how they become impaired as the result of brain damage or abnormal development. My work is funded by project grants from the BBSRC, ESRC, British Academy, and Leverhulme Trust.

Editorial Service

I am the incoming Editor in Chief for Journal of Memory and Language.  Previously, I have served as an associate editor for Journal of Memory & Language (2015-), 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 on the Research Committee of the ESRC, and was previously 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, and am a member of the REF 2021 panel for UoA4 (Psychology, Psychiatry, & Neuroscience).

Prior to becoming Head of the Psychology department, I was Associate Vice Principal for Research at Royal Holloway.

You can find a recent CV here.


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