PhRast.JPG Philippe Rast Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Victoria

Ph.D., 2008, University of Zurich

Research Interests 

Cognitive Development
Individual differences in learning and cognitive development
Improvement of prediction of cognitive decline using individual differences in learning functions
Investigation of potential for improving, maintaining, and preventing decline of functioning across the adult lifespan
Cognitive aging in a multivariate context

Longitudinal Methodology
Investigation and development of optimal longitudinal designs
Methods to disentangle within-and between person change in longitudinal designs
Linear and nonlinear mixed-effects modeling


Selected Publications

Rast, P., & Hofer, S. M. (in press). Longitudinal design considerations to optimize power to detect variances and covariances among rates of change: Simulation results based on actual longitudinal studies. Psychological Methods.

Rast, P., Hofer, S. M., & Sparks, C. (2012). Modeling individual differences in within-person variation of negative and positive affect in a mixed effects location scale model using BUGS/JAGS. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 47, 177–200.

Rast, P. (2011). Verbal knowledge, working memory, and processing speed as predictors of verbal learning in older adults. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1490–1498.

Rast, P., & Zimprich, D. (2009). Individual differences and reliability of paired associates learning in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 24, 1001–1006.