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In progress Ph.D. in Applied Child Development, Tufts University
M.A. in Psychology, San Diego State University (SDSU), May 2004
B.S. with High Distinction in Psychology, University of California San Diego (UCSD), June 2000
I have always been fascinated by children and how they develop, especially in terms of their brains. For quite sometime one of my research goals has been to learn the different methods that exist to assess normal and abnormal cognitive processing in the brain. I have had the opportunity to learn how to administer behavioral tests to many different pediatric populations; how to obtain and analyze event-related (ERP) data on clinical adult populations, how to acquire, analyze, and design fMRI experiments in normal developing adults; and currently in Dr. Mody’s lab how to acquire and design MEG experiments. Every one of these methods I believe each offer a unique piece to the puzzle in understanding learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Dyslexia is a multifaceted disorder which involves language, phonemic awareness, attention, comprehension, memory, and automaticity. A clear understanding of the cognitive processes and neural substrates involved in dyslexia is still elusive. I hope to use different techniques (i.e. behavioral tests, fMRI, and MEG) to gain a better understanding of developmental dyslexia.
Surfing, making/designing jewelry, photography, and catching up with good friends!
Mill Valley, California