Thank you for visiting my personal web page! I hope to keep this updated with current research in a way that is accessible to all, regardless of their experience with neuroscience. Enjoy, and do let me know if you have specific questions or ideas.
The Origin Story
After graduating from the University of Chicago (AB '05) in Human Development, I worked as a milieu (daily life) therapist at a pediatric residential treatment center. Each child struggled with different emotional and/or psychiatric problems, and it was rewarding to help in little and big ways. I wanted to learn more about how the brain works, to see if we could ease those struggles.
I spent 3 years working with Dr. Kevin Pelphrey (currently the Director of the Child Neuroscience Lab at the Yale Child Study Center). We researched the social development of young children with and without autism. You can learn more about our research using fMRI here.
My graduate work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is guided by Dr. Dennis Molfese (Director of the Developmental Brain Lab & Center for Brain, Biology, & Behavior). Our research uses EEG/ERP to test brain activity in newborn babies, infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults. We study a variety of topics (including social cognition, emotion regulation, memory, attention, and sleep) in different populations (including pre-term infants and individuals with traumatic brain injury).
I recently completed my dissertation on a study of infant socal brain development. This project implements several brain-behavior tools, including ERP, eye-tracking, and computational models.
Next up, I will be working as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Raphael Bernier and Dr. Sara Jane Webb at the University of Washington. Our project will be looking at genotype-phenotype relationship of brain and behavior mechanisms in children with autism.