I’m interested in the neural circuitry underlying the "social brain." I aim to combine brain measures and behavioral assays in order to characterize antecedents of high-level social cognition in infants and young children.
I'm currently an NIMH predoctoral fellow in developmental psychology in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, where I work under the mentorship of Dr. Jed Elison. 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 was involved in projects using near infrared spectroscopy systems to monitor brain health and development in neonates. 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 study using optical brain imaging 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 brain imaging and behavioral testing to examine social, affective, and language processing in children and adults with autism. While completing my undergraduate degree at Boston University, I worked on studies of visual attention in Dr. David Somers' Perceptual Neuroimaging Laboratory.
My research interests include:
- Infant social-cognitive development
- Brain development
- Developmental disorders