Assistant Professor in the Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department at the University of Delaware, and Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories.
Currently accepting graduate students and research assistants to join the laboratory at the University of Delaware.
Education and Training
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Haskins Laboratories affiliated with Yale University working with Dr. Nicole Landi and Dr. Ken Pugh.
- PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Toronto (Advisor: Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto)
- Research internship with National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center - Visual Language and Visual Learning Center (VL2) - Brain and Language Laboratory (BL2) at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
- MA in Linguistics, University of Western Ontario
- BSc in Biology, University of Toronto
I am fundamentally interested in the neural mechanisms that support language (monolingual or bilingual, signed or spoken), reading and cognitive development across the lifespan. My research asks questions such as how does early life experience change the brain’s capacity for language and learning? I use MRI and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging technology in combination with genetic and behavioral analyses to gain new insights into the biological underpinnings of language, reading, and human cognition.
My research also develops novel data analysis approaches to functional neuroimaging data. My work uses combinations of multivariate statistics and modeling to quantify developmental changes among interacting brain systems that give rise to language and higher cognitive functions.