My research interests focus
on adult second language acquisition using psycholinguistic methods. Some of the
big picture questions that I address in my research
include: Why is it so difficult to perceive and produce non-native speech?
What information about a word is stored in memory and how this
information accessed? How can we improve second language instruction given our
My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Language Learning - A Journal of Research in Language Studies, and various faculty research grants from Carnegie Mellon University. I currently serve as an Associate Editor for the journal Applied Psycholinguistics and am a member of the Pittsburgh Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience (PCAN) network that links students and faculty with an interest in human auditory cognitive neuroscience.
I am a proponent of Open Science. For copies of my papers, materials, and/or data (when possible), please contact me. For more information about my current research, visit the Language Acquisition, Processing, and Pedagogy (LAPP) Lab webpage.