Dr Rachel King

Lecturer in Biological Psychology

Rachel King


Lecturer in Biological Psychology and Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Aging and Dementia Lab.


Dr. Rachel King is a Lecturer in Biological Psychology at the Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences.

Rachel has a DPhil in Experimental Psychology conferred by the University of Oxford, a research MSc in Psychology granted by the University of Amsterdam (Major: Brain & Cognition, Minor: Clinical) and a BSc in Psychology granted by the University of Portsmouth. For her DPhil she received a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellowship on an International Training Network project investigating individualised diagnostics and rehabilitation of attentional disorders.

Rachel also has previous experience teaching A level and BTEC research methods, in addition to supervising extended project qualification and BSc dissertation projects.  She is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.


Rachel leads the following modules:

  • PSY105 – Experimental Approaches in Usability and Cognition
  • PSY201 – Biological Psychology
  • PSY204 – Research Methods: Experimental Design and Analysis

And supports:

  • PSYM03 – Advanced Applied Professional Skills in Psychology

She is also responsible for BSc and MSci Independent Projects and Dissertation supervision


Rachel is interested in brain health and neurodegeneration.

For her DPhil she worked on attentional processes involved in top-down control of goal directed behaviour. This included neuropsychological work examining the functional impact and lesion neuroanatomy of impaired selective attention following stroke and experimental work examining goal neglect and dual task processing. She has also previously piloted a cognitive training programme for executive dysfunction following stroke and been involved in a project examining cognitive decline following deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.

Currently Rachel is interested in the functional impact of prospective memory deficits and the potential of hyperthermic conditioning for slowing the progression of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.


List of publications

King, R. L., Gillebert, C. R., Humphreys, G. W. & Demeyere, N. (in prep). Lesion Neuroanatomy of Post Stroke Deficits in Auditory Selective Attention.

King, R. L., Brosnan, M., Humphreys, G. W. & Demeyere, N. (in prep). Auditory Selective Attention: The Prevalence of Deficits and Impact on Functional Independence Following Stroke.

Sample of conferences

King, R. L., Brosnan, M., Humphreys, G. W., & Demeyere, N.  Post-stroke functional status: the contribution of impaired selective and sustained attention. Poster presented at 6th Scientific Meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (13-15th September 2017). Maastricht, The Netherlands.

King, R. L. Gillebert, C, R., Levenstein, J., Humphreys, G. W., & Demeyere, N. Lesion Neuroanatomy of Post Stroke Deficits in Selective Auditory Attention. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Executive Function (28th-30th September 2017). Padova, Italy.

King, R. L., Dalmaijer, E. S., Humphreys, G. W. & Demeyere, N. Goal Neglect: A Unitary Concept? Poster presented at Autumn School of Cognitive Neuroscience (2nd August, 2016). Oxford, UK.

King, R. L., Brosnan, M., Humphreys, G.W., & Demeyere, N. Post-stroke Deficits in Attention and Working Memory: Prevalence and Impact on Sub-acute and Long Term Functional Status. Poster presented at British Neuropsychological Society Autumn Meeting (26-27 October 2016), London, UK.

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PhD Supervision

Areas of Supervision: Neuropsychology and Experimental Psychology.

Other department members

Lisa Armstrong
Psychology PhD student
Helen Justice
Psychology PhD student
Michelle Cleveland
Dr. Michelle Cleveland
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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