Chris Heffner

PhD, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut (until Jul 2020)
Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (starting Aug 2020)

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 will be a postdoctoral researcher at UConn through summer 2020, at which point I will start an associate professorship in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

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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