About Me

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, I attended Carnegie Mellon University for my undergraduate training, obtaining my B.S. in Psychology and Biological Sciences in 2009 as part of the Science and Humanities Scholars Program.

I then moved to sunny Tucson where I earned my M.A. in 2010 at the University of Arizona under the supervision of Dr. Mary Peterson in the Cognition and Neural Systems program. In 2014, I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. My dissertation used behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to explore the processing and inhibition that occurs for regions of the visual field that we don't ultimately perceive (specifically, the groundside of an object).

After earning my Ph.D., I began a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. There, with my preceptor Dr. Lora Likova, I explored the neural underpinnings of tactile perception in the blind and visually impaired using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). During this time, I also was lecturing part-time at California State University, East Bay

Upon completion of my fellowship in 2016, I started my current position as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo-- the happiest city in America!

In my spare time (what little there is), I enjoy keeping active and maintaining my sanity through dance and fitness. In Tucson, I was an instructor and choreographer for the Advanced Jazz, Strength & Conditioning, and Leaps & Turns classes at The Dance Loft. In San Francisco, I danced with On 3 Dance Company, and I continue to regularly take dance, fitness, and yoga classes.

 I also enjoy exploring the great outdoors with my husband, Zack, and spending quality time with my fur children, Buxley, Tia, and Zeus.