- 2012, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Cognition & Brain Science
- 2008, M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Experimental Psychology
- 2005, B.A., Cum Laude, State University of New York at Geneseo, Mathematics & Psychology
My research interests include aspects of sensation and perception, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, affective neuroscience, developmental psychology, and psychopathology. My main focus in research combines psychophysical and event-related brain potential (ERP) techniques to investigate neural mechanisms of visual attention. I am interested in questions such as how do we find a friend at the crowded football match? Or when studying visual search in the laboratory, how do observers detect or discriminate a target object amongst an array of distractor objects? In another area of research, I have been studying how emotion perception changes with advancing age. For example, I have used ERPs to investigate the shift older adults often experience towards focusing on positive emotions and avoiding negative emotions. I have also been interested in examining changes that occur with treatment of depression. For example, in an ongoing collaboration with colleagues at Emory University, I have been examining how deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression changes emotional self-perception using both behavioral and ERP techniques.