I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina, studying the role of the anterior temporal lobe in the many subprocesses of semantic memory encoding and retrieval.
I recently finished my doctoral thesis under 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 is 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.
Photo of the Providence skyline courtesy of Erika. Thanks!