About

My brain!

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

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

My research focuses on the cognitive, linguistic and experience 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 toddlers' 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?