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 Digital Mental Health at University of Oregon, where I am supervised by Jennifer Pfeifer and Nick Allen. From January - June 2018, I will be working half-time at the Oregon Research Institute on a project examining social environmental influences on behavior during adolescence, under the supervision of Julie Rusby, John Light and Erika Westling.
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.