My current research interests are memory formation and maintenance and the effect of sleep disorders on memory. Considering memory formation, I am researching the development of memory in children, including those with Down’s Syndrome, autism, or cognitive/behavioral disorders linked to maternal thyroid dysfunction. Considering the effect of sleep on memory, I am interested in sleep cycle variations in children and adults and how this may impact verbal and non-verbal memory.
After earning my M.A., I worked as a college writing tutor for Pearson, taught at a private school in Austin, Texas, where I became interested in memory and its neural basis. I then took courses in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Texas, Austin, and worked there as a research assistant in the Clinical Neuroscience Lab studying mild cognitive impairment.