Adolescence is a time of heightened receptivity and sensitivity to certain social signals in the environment. Our social lives become more complex during adolescence, and the teenage years are when we hone our skills at navigating the social world. My research examines the social, biological, and cognitive processes that underlie the development of skills needed to navigate the social environment.
I'm currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Developmental Social Neuroscience lab (and the Center for Translational Neuroscience) at University of Oregon, where I am supervised by Jennifer Pfeifer.
As a doctoral student, I investigated brain development and social interactions during the period of adolescence in Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's lab at University College London. My graduate work was funded by the UCL-NIMH Joint Doctoral Program in Neuroscience. From 2009-2011, and also 2015-2016, I worked with Damien Fair at Oregon Health and Science University.