Metcalf Research Labs
190 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912
Office: Metcalf room 401
I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student studying psycholinguistics under Dr. Sheila Blumstein at Brown University. My dissertation research focuses on the neural basis of conceptual processing, specifically 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 is primarily funded by the American Association of University Women, from whom I am the grateful recipient of a 2014-2015 Dissertation Fellowship.
I am looking forward to a postdoctoral position with Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina beginning summer 2015, where I will continue my research on the neural basis of conceptual processing.
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.
Photo of the Providence skyline courtesy of Erika. Thanks!