I am a member of the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. I received my B.A. from Purdue University in 2004 and my Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2009. From 2008-2010 I taught at Ohio State University, Marion after which I spent five years at Manchester University where I was granted tenure and promotion in May 2015. I then spent a year at Tennessee State University as an Associate Professor before joining the faculty at Ohio State University, Columbus for three years. In 2019 I joyfully moved home, to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2014 my lab established a paradigm measuring recognition-induced forgetting. Recognition-induced forgetting occurs when recognizing an object, from a group of objects learned at the same time, leads to worse memory for objects from that group that were not recognized. This forgetting effect is commonly accompanied by improved memory for recognized objects.
We are currently applying behavioral, transcranial direct-current stimulation, and electrophysiological techniques to the recognition-induced forgetting paradigm to understand how this forgetting phenomenon operates. Advantages of this paradigm include that it is possible to test memory of young children using visual objects before they can read, it allows for testing of multiple types of stimuli, and it can be used with animal models.
Inspired by the excellent mentorship I have received from many wonderfully supportive and astoundingly intelligent professors, advisors and collaborators, I welcome new students into my lab regularly.