Collegiate Affiliation

My work is all about understanding how hearing loss affects people, both in terms of speech communication and participation in relationships and society.

I am an audiologist and hearing scientist with training in speech science, binaural hearing and linguistics. This background enables me to ask questions about listening effort and speech processing and how it impacts the psychological experience of communication. My lab’s work on listening effort is funded by the National Institutes of Health; we use the measurement of pupil dilation to evaluate how effortful it is for people to understand speech in different listening situations.

In addition to this research, I have developed open-source solutions for speech stimulus generation for experiments involving phonetic categorization and cue weighting, as well as analysis tools for pupillometry.

In addition to the professional work described above, I am also dedicated to improving communication skills for young scientists, and improving inclusion of under-represented people in the sciences. If you are a student/postdoc who wants an advocate in these areas, please feel free to reach out to me.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, 2011
  • Doctor of Audiology: Clinical Audiology, University of Maryland, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, Philosophy, University of Delaware, 2005


  • Audiology
  • Cochlear implants
  • Speech perception
  • Auditory perception
  • Binaural hearing
  • Phonetics