Assistant Professor

2016 - current

I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Neuroscience programs at Loras College.

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor

2015 - 2016

I completed a CFD fellowship and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College in Haverford, PA.


2014 - 2015

I completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Shayna Rosenbaum at York University and Brian Levine at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. I studied how memory, theory of mind, decision making and social cognition interact using neuropsychological lesion methodology and functional neuroimaging methodology. Under the mentorship of Shayna and Brian I gained a great deal of experience with grant writing, manuscript preparation, manuscript review, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.


PhD - 2009-2014

I attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA for my graduate education. I studied neuroscience (and earned a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching) with Dr. Melissa Duff. At Iowa I learned a tremendous amount about cognitive neuroscience, the study and theory of memory and language and a variety of technical and experimental skills including programming, eyetracking, neuropsychological lesion methodology, and psychophysiological methods.

Dissertation: Hippocampal contributions to language: An examination of referential processing and narrative in amnesia


BA - 2005-2009

I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for my undergraduate education. St. Olaf College is a liberal arts school located about 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities. I took full advantage of the liberal arts experience, studying as many disciplines as possible (including, at times, having mathematics, biology and religion as declared majors), participating in a number of clubs and academic groups, pursing independent research and lettering in cross-country and track and field. Finally, I majored in psychology, concentrating in neuroscience, and worked with Clark Ohnesorge during my junior and senior years on research. I completed a senior thesis that earned distinction in psychology and graduated Cum Laude.

Senior Thesis: Lexical decision and the diffusion model: An investigation into the mental lexicon