Curriculum Vitae

Employment

  • Assistant Director for Policy, Association for Psychological Science (APS), Washington, DC (2016 - )
    • Engage with public policies and programs relevant to behavioral and social science research and training
    • Connect psychological scientists in academia with researchers in government and industry
    • Serve as an in-house psychological science adviser to APS staff
  • Fellow, The Lab @ DC (2016 - )
  • Methodology Fellow, APS, Washington, DC (2015 - 2016)
    • Communicated methodology to APS members and the public
    • Collaborated with APS journal editors and staff on meta-science issues
    • Organized and facilitated scientific replication projects for publication
    • Assisted with data analysis and interpretation for membership, internal affairs
    • Conducted psychological research experiments related to methodological topics

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis, MO (2009 - 2015)
    • Ph.D. in Psychology, concentration in Behavior, Brain, & Cognition (2015)
    • Dissertation: "When can we trust our confident memories? Effects of qualitative and quantitative bases of memory on the confidence-accuracy correlation."
    • M.A. in Psychology, concentration in Behavior, Brain, & Cognition (2011)
    • Master's thesis: "Often wrong but never in doubt: Categorized lists produce confident false memories."
    • Major professor: Henry L. Roediger, III
  • The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (2005 - 2009)
    • B.S. in Psychology with High Honors, Minor in Computer Science (2009)
    • Honors thesis: "Eye movements while zoning out during reading: Implications for mind wandering and metaconsciousness."
  • The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education, Prague, Czech Republic (2006)
  • The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (2001 - 2005)

Research Interests

  • The relationship between memory confidence and memory accuracy
  • Metacognition and metamemory
  • Applying principles of cognitive psychology to education
  • Collective memory
  • The intersection of psychology and technology
  • Concept and category learning
  • Metascience

Honors and Awards

Publications

Projects, Registrations, Preprints, Data

In the Media

Collective memory research

Confidence-accuracy research

Teaching

  • Instructor, Flash Programming for Psychology (2013)
  • Instructor, Human Learning and Memory (2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Social Psychology, Dr. Alan Lambert (2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, Human Learning and Memory, Dr. Kathleen McDermott (2010)
  • Supervisor, Mind/Brain/Behavior and Independent Study Undergraduate Projects (2010 - 2014)
  • Participant, Washington University Teaching Citation Program (2010 - 2014)

Presentations

National Conferences

    • DeSoto, K. A. (2017, May). Naked truth IV: You're working where? Panel at the 29th meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.
    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2017, March). How leaders are remembered and forgotten. Talk given at the 2nd International Convention for Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria.
    • DeSoto, K. A. (2016, May). Naked truth III: Navigating the job market. Panel at the 28th meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2016, May). Effects of qualitative and quantitative bases of memory on old/new recognition and source decision accuracy. Poster presented at the 28th meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2015, November). Confidence-accuracy correlations for remembered, known, and guessed memories. Poster presented at the 56th meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.
    • Roediger, H. L., & DeSoto, K. A. (2014, November). Forgetting the presidents. Talk given at the 55th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.
    • DeSoto, K. A. (2013, November). Collecting confidence ratings in cognitive psychology experiments: Effects of scale and entry method. Poster presented at the Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2013, November). Effects of study and test repetitions on false memory for category items. Poster presented at the 54th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • DeSoto, K. A., Nestojko, J. F., & Roediger, H. L. (2012, November). Effects of free recall testing on immediate and delayed recognition. Poster presented at the 53rd Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.
    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2012, May). Effects of repeated study and test on recognition memory for categorized lists. Poster presented at the 24th Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2010, November). Confidence and accuracy in recognition memory: positive, negative, and zero correlations. Poster presented at the 51st Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.
    • Weinstein, Y., & DeSoto, K. A. (2010, November). Teaching Flash programming for psychology. Poster presented at the 40th Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology, St. Louis, MO.
    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2010, May). The confidence-accuracy correlation. Poster presented at the 22nd Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.
    • Ball, C. T., & DeSoto, K. A. (2009, November). Eye movements while zoning out during reading. Paper presented at the 50th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Regional and Local Conferences

    • DeSoto, K. A., & Roediger, H. L. (2014, February). Collective memory for U.S. presidents. Poster presented at the Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
    • Roediger, H. L., & DeSoto, K. A. (2013, May). Confidence and accuracy in reports from memory: Obtaining positive and negative correlations. Paper presented at the Festschrift in Honor of Larry Jacoby, St. Louis, MO.
    • DeSoto, K. A. (2011, May). Often wrong but never in doubt: Effects of category typicality on false memory and confidence ratings. Talk given at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
    • DeSoto, K. A. (2011, February). Often wrong but never in doubt: Typicality relates to confident false memories. Poster presented at the Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
    • DeSoto, K. A. (2010, June). Driving factors of the confidence-accuracy correlation. Paper presented at the Show Me Mental Life Conference, St. Louis, MO.
    • DeSoto, K. A. (2010, February). The confidence-accuracy correlation: implications for eyewitness and basic psychological research. Poster presented at the Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.

Other Publications and Talks

  • DeSoto, K. A. (2017, April). Strengthening reproducibility in science. Presentation to Psychology Department, Carleton College, MN.
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2017, April). How leaders are remembered and forgotten. Presentation for memory processes course, Carleton College, MN.
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2016). Finding a home for your science. Observer, 29(5), 24-26.
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2016). Under the hood of Mechanical Turk. Observer, 29(3).
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2015). Report points to need for improved reproducibility. Observer, 28, 13.
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2014, May). Memory. Presentation for introductory psychology course, Lindenwood University, St. Louis, MO.
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2013, November). Confidence and accuracy in memory: Theory, methods, and application. Presentation for the Psychology Department Behavior, Brain, and Cognition Colloquium, Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2012, February). Managing your academic PDFs. Talk given for the Graduate Student Brown Bag series, Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
  • DeSoto, K. A. (2011). Student notebook news. Observer, 24, 37.

As a member of the News Team at the Association for Psychological Science, I also helped produce blog posts and announcements for the website and magazine.

Editorial Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, Scientific Data
  • Reviewer, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
  • Reviewer, Cognition
  • Reviewer, Psychological Science
  • Reviewer, Translational Issues in Psychological Science
  • Reviewer, The Psychological Record
  • Reviewer, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Reviewer, Psychology of Consciousness
  • Panelist, National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

Department, University, and Community Service

  • Graduate Student Colloquium Chair, Psychology Graduate Student Association (2012 - 2013)
  • Campus Representative, Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus (APSSC; 2011 - 2013)
  • Membership and Volunteers Officer, APSSC Executive Board (2010 - 2011)
  • Social Co-Chair, Psychology Graduate Student Association (2010 - 2011)

Technical Skills

  • Programming and Statistical Languages: ActionScript, Python, Java, PHP, SPSS, R
  • Software and Hardware: Adobe Creative Suite, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Windows, Max, Linux, all common software
  • Other Skills: Website creation/administration, digital media (video, audio, photography), computer building