I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. I am passionate about increasing basic knowledge about the neural mechanisms that support language and memory and using that knowledge to inform treatment and improve long-term outcomes in people with brain injury. My research is supported by the Communication and Memory Laboratory (CAM lab; P.I. Melissa Duff, PhD, CCC–SLP).
I earned my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. There, I worked as a research assistant in the Aphasia and Aging laboratory and developed a research interest in improving fluency assessment in aphasia. My clinical experiences include acute and outpatient care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, IA), inpatient rehab at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital (Jacksonville, FL), and long-term care (Millennium Therapy, Burlington, IA).
My interests include reading, running, drawing, painting, cooking, and introverting with my cat, Hank.