About me

I am a cognitive neuroscientist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. As a postdoctoral research fellow, I conduct research on the neural bases of cognition, working in collaboration with Marina Bedny and Janice Chen.

My research focuses on understanding how the human brain represents abstract information about the world (how do we identify objects and people?), and how these neural representations are modulated by contextual factors (how do our brains and representations differ depending on our individual experiences?). For specific examples of how I study these big-picture questions, check out my Research page.

I received my PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. During my graduate research with Sharon Thompson-Schill, I studied the neural bases of lexical representations (word meanings), semantic memory, and cognitive control.

To understand how cognition manifests in the brain, I use a variety of experimental methods and analysis techniques, including behavioral testing, eyetracking, noninvasive brain stimulation (tDCS), and functional neuroimaging (including event-related univariate analyses, fMRI adaptation, and multi-voxel pattern analsysis). My research has been supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and an institutional training grant from the National Institutes of Health.