Rasti obtained her master’s degree in social cognition from University College London and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Universitas Gadjah Mada.
Rasti is a quantitative research coordinator for Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme in Indonesia, specializing in psychometry, assessment, participatory action research, design research, and experimental psychology. She leads the development of tools for student learning assessment, teaching and learning observation, and other tools for measuring attitude and behavioral aspects that possibly influence education and learning.
At SMERU, her studies focus on education systems and policies, such as diagnoses of districts’ potentials and capabilities; research to design technology-based system for improving principals’ accountability; reform of the teacher professional development system to make it demand driven and more connected to classroom context; improvement of parental involvement in learning; as well as improvement of principals’ performance through training, coaching, and community of practice.
Prior to joining SMERU, Rasti was a research officer for INOVASI, a partnership between the governments of Australia and Indonesia in education and a research assistant at the Center for Indigenous and Cultural Psychology (CICP), Universitas Gadjah Mada.
In 2013, Rasti received a Jung Tae-Gon Asian Young Scholar Award from the Asian Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology for her research titled “Orientation and Attribution toward Happiness and Anger”.
In addition, in collaboration with four other students from various countries in East and Southeast Asia, she received K.S. Yang Research Award for the Asian Association of Social Psychology Summer School Group Research for their research project that examined whether cultural priming can reduce or increase the level of stereotype toward people from other tribes or religions. The award was given by the Asian Association of Social Psychology in 2014.