Rachel R. W. Robertson

Other Work

All of the other work I have done can basically be captured as cognitive psychology research. My longest employment was my first out of college, working for 10 years with Dr. Morton Gernsbacher primarily in language research, where I was given the opportunity to learn many and varied skills (research, supervising, writing, conference management, book editing, book layout and design, etc.). I sought out the chance to do language acquisition research with Dr. Jenny Saffran while still in Wisconsin, in order to return to my interest in developmental psychology. Once I moved to Atlanta, I had the fortune to work with several professors (Dr. Robyn Fivush, Dr. Laura Namy, Dr. Larry Barsalou, and Dr. Phil Wolff).

Work History

January 1989 – July 1992: Laboratory Director
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon.
PI: Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher
I was the lab director for the Language Comprehension Lab which researched adult language comprehension.

July 1992 – August 1999: Research Program Manager
Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
PI: Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher
Same position as above at a different location.

September 1998 – June 2000: Senior Research Specialist
Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PI: Dr. Jenny Saffran
I was the lab coordinator for the Infant Lab and performed language acquisition research with infants.

August 2000 – December 2002: Research Specialist
Child Study Center, Emory University
PI: Dr. Robyn Fivush
I was the project manager for a study on family narratives with children aged 8-14 years.

January 2001 – August 2001: Research Specialist
Psychology Department, Emory University
PI: Dr. Lawrence W. Barsalou
I collected and analyzed data for an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) study.

August 2001 – September 2004: Research Specialist
Psychology Department, Emory University
PI: Dr. Laura Namy
I was the director of the Language and Learning Lab and performed developmental research with children aged 13 mos. to 4 years on language learning.

January 2005 – May 2005: Freelance Book Layout
I produced the camera ready copy for the book, Symbol Use and Symbolic Representation: Developmental and Comparative Perspectives, edited by Dr. Laura Namy and published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

September 2004 – April 2006: Research Specialist
Psychology Department, Emory University
PI: Dr. Phil Wolff
I was the lab coordinator for the Cognitive and Linguistic System Lab which conducts cognitive and linguistic research focusing on how adults reason about causal events.