I am currently 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.
My research so far has focused on the perceptual learning of second-language speech sounds and how phonetic variability in the speech signal can affect learning and memory for those sounds. Another line of my work seeks to better understand individual differences in speech perception and learning of speech sounds by testing whether language ability, cognitive skills, or individual variation in brain structure (using MRI) predict individual differences in performance on perceptual speech tasks. I am now working on projects involving individual differences in cognitive skills and how these relate to word production.
Data and code for my recent projects are available at my OSF page.
In my free time, I enjoy running, knitting, cooking, exploring my city (Berlin/Potsdam), volunteering with kids in my community, and spending time with my husband, Garrett, and our adorable cat, Maja.