Welcome to my website!
I am a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology. I'm a member of the Lab for Computational Audition at MIT, headed by Dr. Josh McDermott. My main research interest is how humans perceive pitch in real-world contexts such as speech and music. I am currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
I completed my MPhil at the University of Cambridge Centre for Music and Science under the direction of Dr. Ian Cross. My thesis examined how rhythmic movement influences the perception of emotion in music. Proud alumna of Churchill College, and 2014-2015 Churchill Scholar.
Before that, I was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, where I majored in Cognitive Science and minored in Music. At Hopkins, I worked in the lab of Dr. Charles Limb in the Hopkins Hospital Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. My work with Dr. Limb centered on jazz improvisation and emotions, examining how emotional intent influences the brain states involved in musical creativity.
When not in lab, I can be found playing viola with the MIT Chamber Music Society, rowing with the MIT rowing club, or planning my next backpacking trip. I volunteer teaching the 7-9th grade curriculum of 'Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education', and serve on the Steering Committee for the Young Leaders Council of Fenway Health (YLC).