Welcome to my website.  I have just moved to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to take a position as assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science.  My field of research is auditory developmental neuroscience.  I hold degrees in electrical engineering, acoustics, and speech/language/hearing science, with further specialization in neuroscience and music. With this background I take an interdisciplinary approach to auditory research, interfacing with clinicians, scientists, engineers, and musicians.

My research interests center around auditory neuroscience and neurodevelopment, the development of speech/voice perception, and general auditory perception.  My research aims to answer a fundamental question in neuroscience:  How does experience with our environment affect auditory neurodevelopment and perception?  One of my lab's current projects focuses on preterm infants–a vulnerable population whose premature birth and abnormal early auditory/sensory experience can put them at risk for cognitive deficits.  You can find out more about that and other projects on my research page.

Additional note:  We are looking for talented graduate and undergraduate students to join the lab.  Please email me (see link in the sidebar) if you are interested in joining our lab!