My research focuses on how language processing changes with aging and cognitive decline or disease. In particular, I am interested in how semantic and phonological information interact during word retrieval and production. I aim to identify how these language processes change with normal healthy aging, and how those changes are distinct from declines associated with impairment or disease. In part, my research was funded through a T32 Fellowship (NIDCD T32-DC00052: Training Researchers in Language Impairment).
In my future research, I would like to work with individuals with language impairments (e.g., individuals with aphasia) and to make my research findings more translational (e.g., developing better clinical interventions to improve health outcomes).