I wear two hats here at Purdue. First, I am a research scientist studying normal and atypical language development at Purdue University. I am funded as the Principle Investigator of a three-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (R03 DC011898). I work in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and I am collaborating with Drs. Lisa Goffman and Larry Leonard. The purpose of the grant is to look at how exposure to multiple talkers influences speech accuracy in typically developing children and children with Specific Language Impairment. The latter is a relatively common disorder in young children (about 6-7% of the total population, see Tomblin et al., 1997) that primarily affects language. Other research projects involve the development of speech production, the granularity/abstractness of data necessary for phonological learning, and the comparison of articulatory and acoustic variability.
My other hat is being a student. I started the Master's Program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue just recently (Fall 2011), and I expect to finish classes and some or all of a clinical fellowship before the end of the R03. It is a challenge being a student again, but I can only hope that it will help make me more sensitive to students' needs when I am teaching my own classes in the future!
During the 2008-2009 school year, I was employed as a postdoctoral researcher in the Spoken Language Laboratory, directed by Dr. Michael Vitevitch in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas.
I completed my graduate work in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. I finished my dissertation under the supervision of Drs. Diane Ohala and LouAnn Gerken and with additional guidance from Dr. Andrew Lotto. See my Publications page for related manuscripts. You can also click on the Presentations link above to see related slides.