Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Florida

I am an expert in developmental psychology, learning, and neuroscience. The overarching goal of my research is to advance understanding of the processes underlying human learning during development (from infancy into childhood) and during the acquisition of adult expertise. I am particularly interested in the importance of experience in shaping later learning. I utilize behavioral measures, measures of looking time and visual fixations, and electrophysiological brain recordings (EEG) to try to better understand how infants learn from experience. My work lies at the intersection of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social perception, early childhood education, and cognitive neuroscience and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Army Research Institute. I have published my work in high impact journals including: PNAS, Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Developmental Science, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychologia and most recently in Infancy and Child Development.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Florida


  • 2004 
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Ph.D.