I received my BA in Psychology (and History, too, which likely inspired my work on timeline and date understanding) from Wesleyan University in 2007. While at Wes, I worked with Dr. Barbara Juhasz in the Wesleyan Eye Movement Lab and focused on using eyetracking techniques to study the cognitive processes underlying reading. I was also involved in Dr. Hilary Barth’s Cognitive Development Lab, where I spent a semester testing kindergarteners, first-graders, and college students on basic numerical and quantitative skills.
I came to Dartmouth in the fall of 2007. I’m currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. I was first a member of the Reading Brains Lab with Dr. Donna Coch. I moved to the Educational Neuroscience Lab with Dr. Elise Temple to learn fMRI methodologies in the context of numeric skills and development. I have recently finished and defended my dissertation, which focused on the neural underpinnings of negative number understanding, with Dr. George Wolford, due to Dr. Temple's departure from Dartmouth in winter 2011.
From 2008 to 2010, I was a co-organizer of the departmental Cognitive Brown Bag talk series, which hosted researchers from the greater area for informal presentations of current work. I was honored to receive one of the 2009 Marie A. Center Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the Psych and Brain Sciences department for my work as a teaching assistant for Physiology of Behavior/Systems Neuroscience. I also enoy doing outreach presentations on real brains and how we study the brain to school groups. I was selected to attend the 2011 session of the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, aka "Brain Camp," for the session on Numerical and Relational Reasoning.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking and reading. I keep a pair of ice skates in my office in an attempt to motivate myself to brave the cold and skate on Occom Pond in the winter. I love to travel, most recently visiting New Zealand and Australia, and will head off to Greece in June. My housemates and I also have two kittens, Lily and Lola, who would rather play than let us accomplish any work at home.