Dr Clare Rathbone


Reader in Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Clare Rathbone


Clare is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology. She joined the faculty in January 2012 and teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

Academic History:

  • Teaching Fellow (2011-2012, University of Reading)
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2011, University of Reading)
  • PhD Psychology (2006-2010, University of Leeds)


Clare’s research interests include: autobiographical memory in clinical populations, the nature of the self, remembering and imagining self-relevant information, and how semantic and episodic memory processes support the self. This work was recently funded by an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (2012 - 2015; 'Memory and the self in ageing').

Research impact

Clare's research has been cited in The Washington Post (2013), The Guardian (2011), and Closer Magazine (2009). She is a registered STEM Ambassador, responsible for encouraging younger generations to explore career options in science, technology, engineering and maths, and promoting public understanding of science.

Examples of outreach activities include:

  • ‘What is the Self Worth?’ (May, 2013), Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. Wrote, produced and performed in a short stage production about memory and the self for a general audience.
  • ‘Poetry and Memory’ (2011 to present). An on-going public engagement project with the Universities of Oxford, Reading and Birmingham, promoting the role of poetry in memory and well-being.
  • ‘Can you trust your memory?’ (June, 2011) University of Reading. Presented an interactive lecture on human memory to a sixth form audience.


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • SELFSEP - L’intégration de la maladie à l’identité personnelle dans la SEP de forme rémittente : une étude en neuropsychologie clinique sur les liens entre identité, mémoire autobiographique et pensée future (led by Université Paris 8) (01/10/2021 - 31/10/2024), funded by: Fondation d'Aide pour la Recherche sur la Sclerose en Plaques (ARSEP), funding amount received by Brookes: £1,760

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Our Earth, Our Futures: Exploring transformative Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Maldivian and English primary schools. (led by Maldavian National University)(01/05/2024 - 31/10/2025), funded by: Maldives National University, funding amount received by Brookes: £9,860, funded by: Maldives National University


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