I am a cognitive scientist interested in how people learn concepts and categories in a diverse range of domains, including forensics, medicine, and the natural sciences. Currently, I am a McKenzie Research Fellow working with Professor Gregor Kennedy and Dr Jason Lodge at the University of Melbourne, in Australia. Previously, I worked as a Research Fellow with Associate Professor Jason Tangen in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland (UQ). I also completed my PhD in psychology at UQ, on the nature and development of perceptual expertise in fingerprint identification. 

You can read more about my research here, and find a list of my publications here.

Email: rachel.searston@gmail.com