My brain!

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

Note: I will be accepting applications for PhD students for Fall 2021. Email me to chat about your research interests and apply here.

  • 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 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 and CV found 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?