Andrew Heathcote

I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a B.Sc. in Physics and Psychology in 1983 and a 1st Class Honours in Psychology in 1984. After commencing a PhD at the University of Tasmania with Prof. Don McNicol, I was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Fellowship. This took me to Queen’s University in Canada to work with Prof. Douglas Mewhort, where I graduated with a PhD in Psychology in 1990. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Roger Ratcliff at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1991. In 1992, I returned to Australia to take up a position at the University of Newcastle.

Over the next decade, I held a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects grants and from 2002-2006 I was Deputy Head and then Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle. Subsequently I returned to a teaching, administration and research role, became a full Professor, and founded the Newcastle Cognition Laboratory (, which has grown to become a leading centre for Mathematical Psychology and Cognitive Science in Australia. In 2011, I was awarded a five-year Professorial Fellowship by the ARC (equivalent to NWO Vici), enabling me to pursue research full time. In 2012, I was elected to the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and to the Executive Board of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, where I served up to 2016, including as Vice-President in 2014-2015. I became a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society in 2013. In 2015, I took up a research chair at the University of Tasmania (80%) and the University of Newcastle (20%) and founded the Tasmanian Cognition Laboratory. From 2018-2020, I was full time at the University of Tasmania. I am now a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam and in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

My current research focuses on the neural and cognitive processes that enable people to make and withhold rapid choices in laboratory, work, and clinical settings, and on human memory and skill acquisition. My past and ongoing Associate Editor roles include Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition (2009-2013), Journal of Mathematical Psychology (2011-2021), Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2014-2016), Cognitive Psychology (2016-2021), Computational Brain & Behavior (2018-present), and Psychological Review (2021-present). I have graduated 22 PhD, 2 Professional Doctorate and 7 Masters students. As of 12th January 2024, my Google Scholar H index is 58 with 14010 career citations. My 5-year H = 45 and i10 = 132.

Publications by Andrew Heathcote