I am now a postdoctoral fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. You can find me here.

Research Interests

I am a postdoctoral research fellow working alongside Dr. Matt Goldrick within the department of Linguistics at Northwestern University. I am also affiliated with the Center for Language Science at Penn State University, my graduate training institution.

I am interested in the cognitive and neural basis of language production, executive control, and bilingualism. I find speech production fascinating because it requires coordination across informationally diverse hubs of processing. This makes speech production a particularly useful tool for investigating brain networks and systems that synergize cognitive, motor, and perceptual representations. As a self-professed word-nerd, I have always been interested in multilingualism and how acquisition of another language enriches our lives. The research questions that I address focus on the cognitive benefits of learning to speak another language, how the bilingual’s languages are structured in the mind, and how language interacts with other domains of cognition.

A major theme in my research (and many others') is in exploiting the fact that bilingualism tells us something about the structure and constraints on language processing that cannot be revealed through the study of monolinguals alone. My current project at Northwestern (Phonetic Echoes of Cognitive Disruption: NIH  NICHD R21-HD077140-01A1) examines whether the effects of healthy aging produces consequences for speech production that parallels those observed in bilinguals. Specifically, we are investigating whether disruptions that affects stages of planning during speech associated with cognitive processing (e.g., lexical access) also have influence on phonetic processing.

In a new line of research, I am pursuing the idea that bilingualism reflects diversity on a number of dimensions (e.g., proficiency, exposure to language usage patterns/variation, SES, cultural attitudes, education). I will specifically be looking at changes to aspects of speech production and executive control that manifest, taking into account the mixtures of influences across dimensions and in different populations of speakers.