I received my undergraduate degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2007 with majors in Classical Studies and Psychology. After working as the research associate at the Center for Social Research (CSR),
I started graduate school in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT.
Initially, I was drawn to Psychology because of my interests in how the environment seemed to influence cognition. I am especially grateful for an independent study I did as an undergraduate on issues related to automaticity.
After graduation, I worked at the CSR and learned much about project management, data collection and analysis, and personnel recruitment and training.
In the midst of working with clients and training research assistants, I started to apply my experience in Psychology by finding ways to reduce errors by reducing the amount of cognition needed to complete certain tasks.
It was through this constant yet informal experimentation that I realized how much I also needed a theoretical foundation in human cognition.
Thus, I enrolled in the doctoral graduate program in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Utah in 2008.
As a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology, I began studying issues related to attention, such as divided attention and multitasking.
My research took place in the Applied Cognition Lab under the supervision of Dr. David Strayer.
Along the way, I gained experience in traditional computer-based experimentation, as well as driving simulation, EEG/ERP, and neuroimaging.
I also expanded my research interests to include the disruptive effects of attention for my dissertation and some collaborative side studies on embodied cognition.
In addition to my research experience, I have taught Cognitive Psychology and Introductory Statistics both in person and online.
I also served as the president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society University of Utah Student
Chapter and the Communications and Marketing Officer (CMO) for the Student
Caucus of the Association for Psychological Science (APSSC).
After successfully defending my dissertation in April 2013, I moved back to the Midwest (i.e., Champaign, IL) where I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). I collaborate with several researchers including Art Kramer, Aron Barbey, Alejandro Lleras, and Dan Simons.
Be sure to check out my CV for more details about my previous research, teaching, and work experiences.