Research Interests: Learning, language acquisition, the use of visuospatial thinking in orientation, working memory, how critical thinking develops, computational and statistical modeling, and ways to create translational research that improves educational outcomes.
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Evangelia Chrysikou, Drs. Muriel & Richard Saunders, Dr. Vanessa Simmering
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2014
About Me: I am currently a research assistant in the Chrysikou Lab investigating autonomic nervous system (ANS) responses through eye-tracking, and task-based pupillary response in categorization learning. Prior work was within the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas. First, on a project involving the design of an iPad application to facilitate communication of children with profound multiple impairments, specifically cortical visual impairments, and more recently within the Neurocognitive Development of Autism Research Laboratory on a project identifying ANS biomarkers as a methodology to reveal autism spectrum disorder symptomology. Over the summer of 2013, I took part in the Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP), at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I worked in the S.P.A.C.E Lab on projects investigating the development of visuo-spatial working memory, attention, and action within children aged 4 to 9 years.
On campus I am currently serving as president of the K.U. chapter of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honors Society. I am also part of the Multicultural Scholars, and the Nontraditional Student Foundation. In the mornings I work at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. When I have free time I enjoy running, biking, hiking, reading, yoga, and gardening.