I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina, studying the neural basis of semantic processing. We are particularly interested in the functional role of the anterior temporal lobe of the brain.
I completed my doctoral thesis in 2015 under the guidance of Dr. Sheila Blumstein at Brown University. My dissertation investigated how the brain accesses distinctive semantic information (e.g., the black and white stripes of a zebra) differently from semantic features which are shared by many members of a category (zebras, like most mammals, have four legs and a tail). I have also conducted graduate research on the influence of phonological information on lexical access, using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. My dissertation research was primarily funded by the American Association of University Women, from whom I am the grateful recipient of a 2014-2015 Dissertation Fellowship.
Originally from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Basis of Behavior, where I completed research on the resolution of linguistic ambiguity in frontotemporal dementia patients under Dr. Murray Grossman.