About Me

A photo of Andy DeSoto

I am the director of government relations at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Washington, DC, USA. In this role, I advocate on behalf of APS and the field of psychological science, strengthening connections between science funding organizations and basic and applied psychologists and communicating science policy issues to members of APS and the public. As a cognitive psychologist myself, I contribute to APS science and metascience initiatives and serve as a scientific and academic adviser to 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 thesis on eye movements while zoning out during reading. I am 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 exploring 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 with my wife Becky, or jogging in Rock Creek Park. I'm also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.