I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Speech Language Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina and the PI for the MACAW Lab. I received my B.A. in linguistics and history from the College of William and Mary, my M.S. in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my Ph.D. in speech and hearing sciences from Boston University. Between my master’s degree and doctorate, I worked as a speech-language pathologist for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

My long-term research interests are earlier identification of and more efficacious interventions for preschoolers with language disorders. I focus on word learning, and verb-learning particularly, because of the foundational role vocabulary plays in later language development.

Results of my research have been presented at national and international conferences, including the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association annual convention (ASHA), the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), and the annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders (SRCLD). My work has also been published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing research (JSLHR), the Journal of Child Language (JCL) and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS), among others.

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