My primary appointments are as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Language and a Research Assistant Professor at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Illinois and postdoctoral training in the Hearing Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. Using neuroimaging and pupillometry techniques, I investigate the sensory and attention systems that support language understanding in adverse conditions. A primary focus of my work aims to mitigate the speech-recognition challenges faced by older adults with hearing loss through interventions that optimize both comprehension accuracy and cognitive effort. 

Areas of Interest

  • auditory neuroscience
  • attention and effort
  • speech and language comprehension
  • aging and hearing loss


  • Ph.D
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
HESP724 Research Design Spring 2018
HESP724 Research Design Spring 2018
HESP724 Research Design Spring 2017
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Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
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