About Me

A photo of Andy DeSoto.

I am the Assistant Director for Policy at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Washington, DC, USA. In this role, I advocate for the field of psychological science, strengthening connections between government science funders and basic and applied psychologists and communicating science policy issues to members of APS and the public. As a psychologist myself, I contribute to APS science and metascience initiatives and serve as a scientific and academic adviser to other association staff.

I received my PhD and MA in the Memory Lab of Henry L. Roediger, III, at the Washington University Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in St. Louis, MO, USA. At Washington University, I researched the relationship between confidence and accuracy in memory reports, category learning, and collective memory. I continue to investigate and publish on these topics.

I received my undergraduate degree in psychology and computer science from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, USA where I completed a senior thesis on eye movements while zoning out during reading. I am also a proud graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA, USA.

When I am not in the office, I can be found reintroducing myself to the DC metro area or engaging in one of my hobbies—technology and digital media, photography, music (piano, tuba, Google Music), supporting local business, cooking Blue Aprons, or biking around town. On Thursdays, find me at DC's Community Club tutoring program. I'm also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.