Rachel R. W. Robertson

Writing

Although I have always loved writing I did not pursue it as a career until recently. In college I followed my interest in psychology and received a B.S. with honors at the University of Oregon. Following graduation I worked for many years as a research coordinator in cognitive psychology research labs where my responsibilities often included writing and editing scientific articles and chapters, as evidenced by co-authorship of academic publications.

While employed as a researcher at Emory University I became a regular freelance writer for Emory Report, the faculty and staff newspaper, writing mostly science articles and profiles, and a few lecture reports.

After relocating to Washington I became a regular freelance writer for Skagit County Business Pulse, Skagit Valley Herald: Home Accent, and Northwest Business Monthly, writing industry features, business profiles, and area reports. I have also published articles in Atlanta Parent, The Northwest Horse Source, the Parent and Preschool Newsletter of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights, NY, and Women's News and Narrative, the newsletter of the Emory Women's Center.

Currently, I'm in Corvallis, Oregon, where I have written for Extension Express, OSU's College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU's College of Engineering, OSU News and Communication,Oregon's Agricultural Progress, Momentum!, Powered by Orange, Terra Magazine, and Take Root Willamette Valley.

If you would like to browse the articles by type, they are divided by online publications, magazine publications, media releases, newsletters, newspaper articles, and academic publications.

Online Publications

OSU's College of Engineering

Powered by Orange

Magazine Publications

Atlanta Parent

  • Rachel Robertson, “My child loves reading,” Atlanta Parent, November 2004.

Momentum!

North Cascades & Skagit Valley Traveler’s Guide

Northwest Business Monthly

  • Rachel Robertson, "Startup Business of the Year nominee: Farm Power Northwest," Northwest Business Monthly, March 2009, Vol 34, No. 3.
  • Rachel Robertson, "Business Person of the Year nominee: Lisa Janicki," Northwest Business Monthly, March 2009, Vol 34, No. 3.
  • Rachel Robertson, "Business Person of the Year nominee: Patsy Martin," Northwest Business Monthly, March 2009, Vol 34, No. 3.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Mixing work and family.” Northwest Business Monthly, July 2008, Vol. 33, No. 7.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Turning cow pies into cash.” Northwest Business Monthly, June 2008, Vol. 33, No. 6.
  • Rachel Robertson, “The race for Olympic opportunities begins.” Northwest Business Monthly, April 2008, Vol. 33, No. 4.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Sedro-Woolley: Fresh face in 2008.” Northwest Business Monthly, January 2008, Vol. 33, No. 1.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Lynden: A community with heart.” Northwest Business Monthly, December 2007, Vol. 32, No. 12.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Alcoa: Teamwork promotes positive workplace.” (Cover story.) Northwest Business Monthly, November 2007, Vol. 32, No. 11.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Burlington: Busting out.” Northwest Business Monthly, October 2007, Vol. 32, No. 10.
  • Rachel Robertson, “River rage.Northwest Business Monthly, September 2007, Vol. 32, No. 9.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Wineries of Skagit Valley unite.” Northwest Business Monthly, August 2007, Vol. 32, No. 8.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Riding the rise (and fall?) of real estate.” Northwest Business Monthly, June 2007, Vol. 32, No. 6.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Business and living the island way,” Area Report: San Juan Islands, Northwest Business Monthly, May 2007, Vol. 32, No. 5.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Growing waterfront community keeps small town charm,” Area Report: Anacortes, Northwest Business Monthly, April 2007, Vol. 32, No. 4.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Challenges of a changing identity,” Area Report: Stanwood and Camano Island, Northwest Business Monthly, March 2007, Vol. 32, No. 3.

The Northwest Horse Source

  • Rachel Robertson, “Youth horse camps: A summer experience that lasts a lifetime, The Northwest Horse Source, April 2007, Vol. 12, No. 4.

Oregon's Agricultural Progress

Skagit County Business Pulse

  • Rachel Robertson, “A time for telecommuting.” Skagit County Business Pulse, August 2008, Vol. 26, No. 8, p. 8-9.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Gentle healing.” Skagit County Business Pulse, July 2008, Vol. 26, No. 7, p. 8-9.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Saying goodbye to paper records.” Skagit County Business Pulse, July 2008, Vol. 26, No. 7, p. 14-16.
  • Rachel Robertson, “The business of paddling.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, June 2008, Vol. 26, No. 6, p. 10-12.
  • Rachel Robertson, “The Majestic Inn and Spa.” Skagit County Business Pulse, June 2008, Vol. 26, No. 6, p. 4-5.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Creating a healthier workplace.” Skagit County Business Pulse, May 2008, Vol. 26, No. 5, p. 8-10, 24.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Simple solutions for improving business.” Skagit County Business Pulse, May 2008, Vol. 26, No. 5, p. 6.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Staying small in a corporate industry.” Skagit County Business Pulse, April 2008, Vol. 26, No. 4, p. 8-10.
  • Rachel Robertson, “The Edison Cafe.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, April 2008, Vol. 26, No. 4, p. 2-3.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Extreme air ride.” Skagit County Business Pulse, March 2008, Vol. 26, No. 3, p. 4-5.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Cleaning up: Rising demand spurs growth for housecleaning services.” Skagit County Business Pulse, March 2008, Vol. 26, No. 3, p. 6-8.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Common Ground: Church-owned Burlington coffeehouse finds its niche.” Skagit County Business Pulse, February 2008, Vol. 26, No. 2.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Following his heart.” Skagit County Business Pulse, February 2008, Vol. 26, No. 2.
  • Rachel Robertson, “A fit New Year.” Skagit County Business Pulse, January 2008, Vol. 26, No. 1.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Holiday retail rush.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, December 2007, Vol. 25, No. 12.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Slow Food movement.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, November 2007, Vol. 25, No. 11.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Livestock with grace: Raising alpacas.” Skagit County Business Pulse, October 2007, Vol. 25, No. 10.
  • Rachel Robertson, “A diamond in the rough.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, September 2007, Vol. 25, No. 9.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Second-hand clothing stores.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, August 2007, Vol. 25, No. 8.
  • Rachel Robertson, “It’s knot all about the boats.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, July 2007, Vol. 25, No. 7.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Think Local, Buy Local, Be Local.” Skagit County Business Pulse, July 2007, Vol. 25, No. 7.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Full speed on the boulevard.” Skagit County Business Pulse, June 2007, Vol. 25, No. 6.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Rulers of the roast.” Skagit County Business Pulse, June 2007, Vol. 25, No. 6.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Holistic healers.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, April 2007, Vol. 25, No. 3.
  • Rachel Robertson, “The wine industry is blossoming.” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, March 2007, Vol. 25, No. 3.
  • Rachel Robertson, “The benefits of green building,” Skagit County Business Pulse, February 2007, Vol. 25, No. 2.
  • Rachel Robertson, “A growing business,” (Cover story.) Skagit County Business Pulse, January 2007, Vol. 25, No. 1.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Business and pleasure,” Skagit Business County Pulse, December 2006, Vol. 24, No. 9.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Butler Creek Horse Farm,” Skagit County Business Pulse, October 2006, Vol. 24, No. 7.

Skagit Valley Herald: Home Accent

  • Rachel Robertson, "Natural hospitality." (Cover story.) Skagit Valley Herald: Home Accent, June 2008, p. 2-9.
  • Rachel Robertson, "The art of living." (Cover story.) Skagit Valley Herald: Home Accent, May 2008, p. 2-8.
  • Rachel Robertson, "The greenest thumbs." (Cover story.) Skagit Valley Herald: Home Accent, April 2008, p. 2-6.
  • Rachel Robertson, "A style of their own." Skagit Valley Herald: Home Accent, March 2008, p. 10-15.

Terra Magazine

  • Rachel Robertson, "Optimizing energy." Terra Magazine (reprinted from Powered by Orange), April 26, 2011.

Take Root Willamette Valley

 

Media Releases

OSU News and Communication Services

Newsletters

Extension Express

  • Rachel Robertson, “Bike/walk for better living,” Extension Express, January/February 2012.

Parent and Preschooler Newsletter

  • Rachel Robertson, “Food Allergies,” Parent and Preschooler Newsletter (North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center), May 2006, Vol. 21, No. 5.
  • Rachel Robertson, “Family narratives: The stories we tell our children,” Parent and Preschooler Newsletter (North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center), July/August2003, Vol. 18, No. 7.

Women’s News and Narrative

  • Rachel Robertson, “All that matters,” Women’s News and Narrative (Center for Women at Emory University), Fall 2004.

Newspaper Articles

Emory Report

Academic Publications

  • Fivush, R., Bohanek, J., Robertson, R., & Duke, M. (2004). Family narratives and the development of children’s well-being. In M. W. Pratt & B.E. Fiese (Eds.). Family stories and the lifecourse: Across time and generations, (pp. 55-76). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., Robertson, R. R. W., Palladino, P., & Werner, N. K. (2004). Managing mental representations during narrative comprehension: The role of suppression.  Discourse Processes, 37, 145-164.
  • Linderholm, T., Gernsbacher, M.A., van den Broek, P., Nenide, L., Robertson, R.R.W, Sundermier, B. (2004). Enhancement and suppression of story character goals during reading. Discourse Processes, 37, 67-78.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., & Robertson, R. R. W. (2002).  The definite article 'the' as a cue to map thematic information. In W. v. Peer, & M. Louwerse (Eds.), Thematics: Interdisciplinary Studies, (pp. 119-136). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., Keysar, B., Robertson, R. R. W., & Werner, N.K.  (2001).  The role of suppression and enhancement in understanding metaphors.  Journal of Memory and Language,45, 433-450.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A.,  Robertson, R. R. W., & Werner, N. K. (2001).  The costs and benefits of meaning. In D. S. Gorfein's (Ed.) On the consequences of meaning selection (pp. 119-137). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Robertson, D. A., Gernsbacher, M. A., Guidotti, S. J., Robertson, R. R. W., Irwin, W., Mock, B. J., & Campana, M. E. (2000). Functional neuroanatomy of the cognitive process of mapping during discourse comprehension. Psychological Science,11, 1-8.
  • Saffran, J.R., Loman, M.M., & Robertson, R.R.W. (2000). Infant memory for musical experiences. Cognition, 77, 15-23.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., & Robertson, R. R. W. (1999).  The role of suppression in figurative language comprehension.  Journal of Pragmatics, 31, 1619-1630.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., Hallada, B. M., & Robertson, R. R. W. (1998). How automatically do readers infer fictional characters' emotional states? Scientific Study of Reading (Special Issue), 2, 271-300.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., & Robertson, R. R. W. (1995). Reading skill and suppression revisited. Psychological Science, 6, 165-169.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., Goldsmith, H. H., & Robertson, R. R. W. (1992). Do readers mentally represent characters' emotional states? Cognition and Emotion, 6, 89-111.
  • Gernsbacher, M. A., & Robertson, R. R. W. (1992). Knowledge activation versus sentence mapping when representing fictional characters' emotional states. Language and Cognitive Processes, 7, 353-371.