I'm currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. Emily Myers in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Connecticut. I'm a graduate of the PhD Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Broadly, I study speech perception: how we understand the sounds other people make when they talk. I'm particularly interested in categorization (how we tell which sounds are the same and which are different) and adaptation (how we learn to deal with the variability that exists in speech sounds), with a focus on learning and change in those processes. This means I can wear many hats: cognitive scientist, cognitive psychologist, linguist, and communication scientist.
In Summer 2016, I was a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University's Language Pod. While at UMD, my home departments were Linguistics and Hearing and Speech Sciences, and I was affiliated with the Language Science Center. I am not a clinical psychologist from Florida or a neurosurgeon from Illinois. For reference, there's a picture of me below.
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