Christopher L. Zerr

Christopher L. Zerr

Postdoc in Psychological & Brain Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis


I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Henry Roediger’s memory lab at Washington University in St. Louis. I received my A.M. (Master’s degree; 2017) and Ph.D. (2021) in Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis working under Dr. Kathleen McDermott in her Memory & Cognition Lab. I received my B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistical Methods from Truman State University in 2015 and also spent summers doing research at the University of Michigan and University of Vermont.

My main interests are in examining both collective memory and individual differences in long-term memory, in particular how memories are formed and how they change over time. I am also interested in the similarities (and differences) between individual and group memory and forgetting. Much of my doctoral work was focused on the relation between how quickly people learn information and how well they remember it over time, as well as how learning rate related to forgetting rate. I participated in the Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience (CCSN) pathway and was a National Science Foundation GRFP recipient.


  • Learning and Memory
  • Collective Memory
  • Individual Differences
  • Statistics / Data Visualization
  • R
  • Cognitive Neuroscience / fMRI


  • PhD in Psychological & Brain Sciences, 2021

    Washington University in St. Louis

  • AM in Psychological & Brain Sciences, 2017

    Washington University in St. Louis

  • BSc in Psychology & Statistical Methods, 2015

    Truman State University








Research Fellow

Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

Jun 2019 – Jul 2019 University of California, Santa Barbara

Doctoral Student

Psychological & Brain Sciences

Jun 2015 – May 2021 Washington University in St. Louis
PI: Kathleen B. McDermott, PhD

Neuroscience Research Fellow

Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship

May 2014 – Aug 2014 University of Vermont
PI: Mark E. Bouton, PhD

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Clinical Psychosocial Laboratory

Aug 2013 – May 2015 Truman State University
PI: Jeffrey R. Vittengl, PhD

Statistical Consultant

Center for Applied Statistics and Evaluation

Aug 2012 – May 2015 Truman State University

Cardiovascular Research Fellow

Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Fellowship

May 2012 – Aug 2012 Center for Arrhythmia Research, University of Michigan
PI: José Jalife, MD

Laboratory Manager

Center for Applied Psychophysiology

Aug 2011 – May 2015 Truman State University
PI: Fredric B. Shaffer, PhD

Undergraduate Student (BSc)

Psychology, Statistical Methods

Aug 2011 – May 2015 Truman State University


AFNI & SUMA Workshop

Training workshop for functional neuroimaging analysis software, including AFNI (Analysis of Functional NeuroImages) and SUMA (SUrface models and MApping volumetric data).
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Quantitative Data Analysis

The goal of the Certificate is to ensure that students have both a solid basis in Probability and Statistics as well as Inference and Quantitative Research Design, as well as some depth of experience in a more advanced topic area. As such, students completing the Certificate are required to take at least five courses.
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Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience (CCSN) Pathway

The Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience (CCSN) Pathway is a specialized curriculum available to students pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, or other brain-related discipline at Washington University. The curriculum is challenging and is designed to help students tackle problems using an interdisciplinary approach.
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