Curriculum Vitae

Employment

  • Assistant Director for Policy, Association for Psychological Science (APS), Washington, DC (2016 - )
    • Engage public policies and programs relevant to behavioral 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 - )
    • Apply behavioral science to improve city government policies
    • Develop scientific community of practice across Washington, DC region
  • 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

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

Presentations

National Conferences

    • Yokum, D. V., Hatzimasoura, C., Minnich, K., & DeSoto, K. A. (2018, May). Applying behavioral science to improve decision making in Washington, DC. Panel at the 30th meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
    • Shaffer, R. A., Gilmore, A. W., DeSoto, K. A., & McDermott, K. B. (2017, November). Recollection, familiarity, and the testing effect over time. Poster presented at the 58th meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    • 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, September). Navigating alt-academic positions. Presentation to the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
  • 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 & Other Activities

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