I am a postdoc in Dr. Audrey Bürki’s lab, Cognitive Science: Language and Methods, at the University of Potsdam in Germany. I received my PhD in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from University of Connecticut in the United States in July of 2020. I was a member of the Language and Brain Lab under the direction of Dr. Emily Myers, who was my primary advisor.
I am interested in perceptual learning of second-language speech sounds and how phonetic variability in the speech signal can affect learning and memory for those sounds. My work also seeks to better understand individual differences in speech perception, perceptual learning of speech, and speech production. So far I have gone about this by testing whether language ability, cognitive skills, or individual variation in brain structure (using MRI) predict individual differences in performance on various speech tasks.
I am a big supporter of open science, and I’ve made my data and analysis code for my recent projects publicly available at my OSF page.
In addition to being a researcher, I am an avid runner, and I enjoy tasting good wines, watching ZDF Krimis, and above all spending time with my husband, Garrett, and our adorable singapura cat, Maja.