I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology funded through a T32 Training Grant in Cognitive Aging. I received a Dual-Title PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Gerontology at the University of Kansas. I have an interdisciplinary foundation spanning the departments of Psychology, Linguistics, Speech-Language-Hearing, Biology, Philosophy, and Sociology. I previously conducted research with Dr. Michael Vitevitch, Dr. Jonathan Brumberg, and Dr. Lori James.

My research interests lie in understanding how language processing changes with aging and cognitive decline or disease. In particular, I am interested in how those changes impact semantic and phonological processing during word retrieval and production. To examine this, I use the tools from Network Science to model and understand how the structure of words in memory influences processing. With these tools, I aim to identify how language processes change with normal healthy aging, and how those changes are distinct from declines associated with impairment or disease.

In my future research, I would like to work with individuals with language impairments (e.g., individuals with aphasia) and to make my research findings more translational (e.g., developing better clinical interventions to improve health outcomes).