I'm currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Dr Peter Bex. Having just completed my PhD in 2013, I have been most focused on research and teaching. Since 2009, I studied and worked at the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, under the supervision of my PhD advisors, Profs Jason Mattingley and Roger Remington. The vast majority of my efforts went towards completing my PhD, in which I tested some of the ways eye movements affect basic visual perception. I taught undergraduate classes for approximately 6 months of each year, and served as the postgraduate student representative on the school’s IT Committee. In addition to these formal roles, I actively and regularly engaged with the public to communicate my research outcomes, as well as the research being conducted at my school more generally.
I feel an achievement of mine is my contribution to our understanding of how eye movements interact with visual perception. My PhD findings have informed theoretical debates within my discipline, and, more generally, have implications for the treatment and rehabilitation of certain visual disorders such as age-related macular degeneration. Much of this work has been published in specialist and generalist scientific journals.
In addition to my research, I taught undergraduate classes regularly as a teacher’s assistant. I took a range of classes, from introductory research statistics, to cognitive neuroscience classes for Honours students, to the “Science of Everyday Thinking”, a novel course in which students from a range of backgrounds learn the value of applying scientific methods to everyday decisions. I was also invited to give a lecture about eye movements and perception to an advanced fourth year undergraduate class.
Actively engaging with the public has always been important to me. One of my most enjoyable experiences of engaging with the public was when I spoke about my research on Brisbane radio. I was invited on the show after having placed second in a competition in which my task was to present my PhD thesis in only three minutes and to a lay-audience. I also created and was editor for the UQ Psyc Blog, contributed to by my school’s students and faculty members, and read by hundreds world-wide. I also co-founded the UQ Skeptics, an on-campus organization that challenges students to think critically, currently with a membership of over one hundred.
Through my various activities, I have contributed to research, teaching, and public engagement. Moving forward, I hope to continue to conduct meaningful research, and I will endeavor to apply my findings to assisting clinical populations. I look forward to new opportunities to improve teaching methods, and ways to use social networking technologies to engage with the public.