Biography

I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and speech-language pathologist investigating the causes and consequences of individual differences in typical and atypical neural and cognitive development, with a specific focus on language development and variation in children’s early environments. I study broad, distal influences, such as socioeconomic status, as well as more proximal, direct influences such as adult-child interaction and specific educational experiences. While this research inevitably informs our mechanistic knowledge of neurocognitive development, I also aim for my research to be translational, with impacts on the fields of clinical assessment and diagnosis, early intervention, and social and educational policy.

Current Position

Postdoctoral Fellow (June 2018 – present)
Translational Postdoctoral Training Program in Neurodevelopment
Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PIs: Charles A. Nelson, III, PhD; John D. E. Gabrieli, PhD

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University & Massachusetts Institute of Technology (May 2018)
Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology
Advisor: John D. E. Gabrieli, PhD (MIT)
Dissertation: Environmental influences on the neural basis of language and reading development

CCC-SLP, MGH Institute of Health Professions (August 2015)
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Clinical Fellowship (2017-2018): Diagnostic specialist for Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Research Group

M.Sc. with Distinction, University College London (October 2012)
Language Sciences, with specialisation in Language Development
Advisor: Valerie Hazan, PhD
Dissertation: Demographic trends and perceptual effects of intra-speaker acoustic variability in consonant production in adolescence

B.A. Summa Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania (May 2011)
Psychology with Honors, and Linguistics
Advisor: Daniel Swingley, PhD
Thesis: Longitudinal examination of phonetic specificity development during word recognition, in children with and without chronic otitis media with effusion