I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. I received my PhD in Psychology from Stanford University and then conducted a T32 post-doctoral fellowship in primary care research and translational science in the Pediatrics Department at NYU. My work focuses on understanding how early experiences shape the development of language and learning skills in diverse groups of children. Using measures of infants' early processing abilities, recordings of natural learning environments, and evaluation of real-world interventions, I seek to uncover key influences on development and to use this knowledge to address poverty-related disparities in school readiness.