Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in how one’s childhood experiences contribute to their linguistic and cognitive development. I am specifically interested in factors related to socioeconomic status, including differences in early language exposure, variation in clinical language disorders, and disparate educational access. I am also interested in other conditions that may affect early language exposure, such as early deafness and/or hearing impairment. I approach this in a multi-modal fashion by studying individual differences in behavior and underlying neural structure and function (mostly through fMRI), and how these neural systems contribute to the development of communication skills, cognitive skills, and academic achievement. Such methods draw from interdisciplinary fields such as developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, speech and hearing/communication sciences, among others. Ultimately, I aim to translate my research to clinical practice, in order to better inform speech language therapy and educational policy and improve developmental outcomes for children of all backgrounds.