Heather Rice

Heather Rice

Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences
Senior ​Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences
PhD, Duke University
MA, Duke University
BS, Arizona State University

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1125
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Professor Rice investigates the processes underlying memory retrieval, focusing on memories for personally experienced events. She is also interested in applying memory research to improve teaching practices.

As an assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Heather serves as a four-year advisor, develops initiatives to support and improve academic achievement among undergraduates, and teaches psychology.

As a Mexican-American woman from a working-class family and the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college, she is particularly interested in helping enhance the college experience of students from underrepresented groups.

Heather has a BS in Psychology from Arizona State University, where she investigated the neurological underpinnings of cocaine-seeking behavior in rats. She then went on to get an MA and PhD from Duke University. There, she investigated the processes underlying memory retrieval in humans, using both behavioral measures and fMRI. Specifically, she examined the visual perspective that individuals use when creating mental images of past events.

More recently, she has become interested in applying psychology research to improve students’ study strategies. She is also devoted to using data and evidence to inform advising and instructional practices. In the classroom, she teaches Introductory Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and a sophomore seminar on Mindfulness in Psychology and Eastern Philosophies.

On a personal level, Heather loves spending time with her daughter and two dogs. She enjoys being active and outside in the sun, coming up with creative projects to complete with her daughter, and working on a never-ending list of home-improvement projects.

Selected Publications

Smith, J.R., Rice, H.J, Chang, M. (2016). Academic support in an increasingly diverse undergraduate population: Challenges in initiative design and implementation. In Tate, W.F., Staudt, N., Macrander, A. (Eds.) The crisis of race in higher education: A day of discovery and dialogue (Diversity in Higher Education, Volume 19) (pp. 321-341). West Yorkshire, England: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 

Butler, A. C., Rice, H. J., Wooldridge, C.L., Rubin, D.C. (2016). Visual imagery in autobiographical memory: The role of repeated retrieval in shifting perspective. Consciousness and Cognition, 42, 237-253.

McDermott, K.B., Wooldridge, C.L., Rice, H.J., Berg, J.J., Szpunar, K.K., (2016). Visual perspective in remembering and episodic future thought. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69, 243-253.

Rice, H.J., Rubin, D.C. (2011). Remembering from any angle: The flexibility of visual perspective during retrieval. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 568-577.

Rice, H.J. (2010). Seeing where we’re at: A review of visual perspective and memory retrieval. In Mace, J.H. (Ed.) The act of remembering: Toward an understanding of how we recall the past. (pp. 228-258). Wiley-Blackwell

Rice, H.J., & Rubin, D.C. (2009). I can see it both ways: First- and third-person visual perspectives at retrieval. Consciousness and Cognition, 18, 877-890.