I am currently a postdoc in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department at the
University of Rochester. I work in collaboration with Dr. Chigusa Kurumada
and Dr. Florian Jaeger.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in what speech and prosody — the rhythm,
intonation, and intensity of speech — reveal about the cognitive mechanisms
that underlie language production, comprehension, and acquisition. An ongoing goal of mine has been to
develop computational models of language production and comprehension.
My latest research focuses on how listeners integrate information from a variety of (often noisy) cues,
and on how people learn to understand and produce constructions that are not already familiar to them
(e.g., new uses of prosody, pronunciations that are not native to their language, etc.).
Some of my past research has explored what durational changes reveal about the mechanisms
that underlie language production, how communicative context affects how
speakers use prosody, and how listeners use information from other levels of
language to parse prosodic structure.
Before arriving at Rochester, I got my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working in collaboration with Dr. Duane Watson.
Before that, I got my BA in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, where I worked with Dr. Jennifer Arnold.