Collegiate Affiliation

I study speech communication and the factors that make it difficult for people with hearing loss. 

My lab focuses on listening effort in people with cochlear implants, which are devices used to restore a sensation of hearing in those who have severe to profound deafness. In this work I channel my training as a clinical audiologist. 

We also work on detailed measurements and manipulations of speech acoustics, viewing speech through the lens of the auditory system. 

I work to improve effective communication skills among fellow scientists through seminars, workshops and consultations. I have produced publicly available video materials for introductory classes and research tutorials as part of my mission to increase visibility of the field and to increase access to quality research tools. 

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
  • Postdoctoral training: Cochlear implants, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-2015


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