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Background and Research

My undergraduate degree is from Haverford College, where I used ERPs to investigate how anxiety and depression affect error monitoring. For my senior thesis work, I studied the effects of perceived interpersonal similarity upon vicarious error monitoring. After college, I worked in Dr. Elizabeth Sowell's Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at UCLA, doing standardized neuropsychological testing and longitudinal fMRI imaging. My primary work there examined the effects of prenatal teratogens on working memory function during childhood.

I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology at Temple University in 2013, concentrating in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. I did my doctoral work in Dr. Peter Marshall's lab at Temple. My graduate work looked at alpha and beta EEG rhythms to investigate how varying experiences with action might affect neural activity during subsequent action observation. 

During my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, I investigated how visual perception and sensorimotor systems interact, particularly with regard to action processing. I used univariate and multivariate functional neuroimaging (MVPA) to look more closely at how and where representations of action might exist in the brain. I also studied the relations between action language (e.g, verbs) and perception. I continue to be interested in how prior experiences with action shape our perceptions, and how motor resonance may be related to this process.