How do we develop minds that can reflect, reason, and self-regulate?
The focus of my research is to understand how experience shapes the development of executive functions, the set of cognitive skills that allow us to engage in flexible, goal-directed behavior. Decades of work has illuminated the neurocognitive changes that support the development of these skills. However, children don’t develop in isolation; they develop in rich social, linguistic, and cultural contexts that undoubtedly influences them in myriad ways. By gaining deeper insight into how such experiences influence developing executive functions, we will not only better understand these processes, but will also be in a better position to intervene to support their development in all children.
I am funded by an individual NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (sponsor: Yuko Munakata), and am conducting my research in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado – Boulder. I completed my Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the Institute of Child Development in Minnesota, my B.A. in psychology at York University in Toronto, and also studied philosophy at the University of Toronto.