I was born in Charlottesville, VA, but moved outside of Harrisburg, PA when I was two years old because my parents, Dave and Vonny, thought it was important to be close to extended family. I have a younger sister, Sara, and a younger brother, Matthew, who have been built-in best friends throughout my life. I graduated from Cumberland Valley High School in 2005, where I was active in all things music-related.
I went to undergrad at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. While there, I completed B.A. degrees in both Psychology and Music, graduating in 2009 with Honors in both disciplines and as a member of the Hershey Foods Honors Program.
Before attending graduate school, I spent time working with Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic at Goldsmith College, University of London on research relating to individual differences in motives for listening to music.
I now have come full-circle back to Charlottesville, VA where I am a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Virginia. My work focuses on auditory perceptual processing, including complex rhythm perception, the overlap of music and language processing, and cross-modal correspondences between the auditory and visual modalities. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy watching movies with my husband, Adam, trying Charlottesville's many restaurants, and going wine-tasting around this beautiful region of Virginia.