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I am a third-year graduate student working with Dr. Amanda Woodward. I also collaborate with Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow and Dr. Susan Levine. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Psychology where I researched individual differences in preschoolers’ preference for and processing of infant-directed action with Dr. Dare Baldwin. Prior to graduate school, I worked as Dr. Roberta Golinkoff’s laboratory manager at the University of Delaware exploring underlying language acquisition mechanisms including infants’ attention to non-native language distinctions and statistical learning.

I currently research elements of natural, everyday adult instruction that boosts young children’s learning. In particular, I study how natural parent teaching facilitates toddlers’ object and puzzle learning. I conduct research on teaching and learning in experimental contexts where instruction is manipulated as well as in naturalistic home environments. Additionally, I study young children’s perspective-taking skills, both using behavioral and neural (EEG) methods.

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