I study how people learn and use language in order to improve cognitive remediation interventions in the educational and medical settings. I conduct experiments using eye-tracking and electroencephalographic recordings (EEG) to study brain behavior across multiple modalities (e.g. visual, auditory, motor) and a wide range of the developmental spectrum (e.g. ages 2-85). As a translational application, I explore tDCS (transcranial Direct Cortical Stimulation) cognitive remediation techniques to improve cognitive performance. My work has been supported by federal agencies (NIH, NSF) and private donors (Facebook, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Board, Soros Foundation).
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where my doctoral research was done at the Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab at the Department of Educational Psychology, Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning Program. In addition, I completed a three-year NIH-funded clinical postdoctoral traineeship with a double appointment at the Division of Experimental Therapeutics in the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University, NY and the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, (Orangeburg NY) consistently ranked among top 30 (top 1%) neuroscience research institutions world-wide and a research hub for the neuroscientists in the NY Metro area.