I’m interested in combining neural and behavioral measures to characterize early social-cognitive development.

I'm currently a graduate student in developmental psychology in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.  Prior to joining ICD, I worked as a study coordinator in the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging & Developmental Science Center at Boston Children's Hospital, where I worked on projects using frequency-domain, continuous wave, and diffuse correlation spectroscopy systems to monitor brain health and development in full-term and preterm newborns as well as infants with brain injuries and neonates with congenital heart disease. In 2013 I completed a master's degree in Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I worked with Dr. Daniel Hyde in the Laboratory for Developmental Studies on a project using continuous-wave near infrared spectroscopy to investigate the neural correlates of infants' understanding of intentional actions. 

I previously spent two years as a project coordinator in Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg's Laboratory of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (now the Laboratory for Research on Autism & Developmental Disorders) at Boston University, where I was involved in projects using MRI, DTI, EEG, and behavioral testing to examine social, affective, and language processing in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. While completing my psychology B.A. at Boston University, I worked on studies of visual attention in Dr. David Somers' Perceptual Neuroimaging Laboratory.

My research interests include:

  • Infant and child perceptual and social-cognitive development
  • Brain development and neural plasticity
  • Multimodal neuroimaging