I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Rice University. I am the associate director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Neuroplasticity Research Laboratory, located at the BioScience Research Collaborative. From 2010-2012, I was a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, I received my PhD in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University, where I worked with Brenda Rapp and Mike McCloskey.
My research focuses on issues of representation and processing in the areas of written and spoken language processing and short-term memory. I am particularly interested in problem-centered research, with a focus how similar operations might be deployed across different cognitive domains. Recent research has focused on how serial order processing and inhibitory control operate across a range of cognitive domains.
I address these issues with a mixture of formal analyses of the problems I am studying, novel mathematical tools for analyzing data tailored to the specific questions I am asking, and cross-domain experimentation, that allow me to recognize these general mechanisms in different domains. Much of this work includes the careful investigation the impaired performance of individuals who have suffered neural injury (typically from stroke) that has affected language or memory functions, both using single case study and case series approaches. These cognitive neuropsychological data provide a "window" into the organization and internal structure of cognitive representations and processes. I am additionally interested in how data from brain-imaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, ERP/EEGs, tDCS) can be used to address these cognitive issues.
Research Areas: Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational and Mathematical Approaches to Cognition, Written and Spoken Language Processing, Short-term Memory, Neuroplasticity