My brain!

I am an Associate Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University, and Psychological Sciences (Cognitive Area, by courtesy) where I direct the Purdue Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLaMA) laboratory.

I am interested in supporting a PhD student for a Fall 2023 start. Contact me to start a chat about your research interests!

  • If you are interested in taking part in language development research with your child at Purdue, please click here to sign up for our participant registry. If you currently have a child between 12-18 months in Greater Lafayette or Indianapolis, feel free to contact my lab specifically at llamalab@purdue.edu

  • If you are interested in learning more about current research or graduate study, please contact me at <first initial my last name> at purdue.edu

  • Undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in the LLaMA lab can apply here.

My research focuses on the cognitive, linguistic and experiential factors that support language learning. Links to publications above. Some recent research questions have included:

  • What skills contribute to individual differences in language outcomes and risk for language disorders?

  • How does semantic structure in early vocabulary influence language processing and word learning?

  • How do predictive processes support language learning and understanding?

  • How do children use their growing understanding of the world to learn and understand language?

  • How do we use sentence contexts to learn words?

  • How do our brains rapidly learn word meanings?