I am a developmental psychologist with a focus on how children's cultural environments influence their social learning. I use mixed methods from developmental psychology, education, and cultural anthropology to examine the tools children use for learning from others. I am also interested in how caregivers guide children's learning.
As an educator, I am passionate about bringing my research experiences into the classroom and work with undergraduate students at Texas State University to develop their skills as researchers while considering the importance of cultural context in their own research questions.
I received my BA in Psychology and Linguistics from Emory University, where I gained my first cross-cultural research experience under the mentorship of Dr. Philippe Rochat. I received my PhD in cognitive developmental psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Cristine H. Legare in May 2016. As a member of the Cognition, Culture, & Development Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, I had the privilege to study children's cognitive and social development in a variety of cultural contexts, including children's use of imitation as a tool for cultural learning in the US and Vanuatu. From 2016-2017, I was a postdoctoral research associate working with Drs. Kathleen H. Corriveau (Boston University) and Paul L. Harris (Harvard Graduate School of Education) to examine the role of parent testimony in children's understanding of scientific and religious entities in the U.S., China, & Iran. I joined the Department of Psychology at Texas State University in Fall 2017 where I have continued my work examining the impact of culture on children's social development with the help of the wonderful undergraduate members of my Learning in Context (LinC) Lab.