I am a professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. I earned my B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991, completing one semester of study in Allgemeine und Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. I did my graduate work at the University of Chicago, earning an M.A. in Linguistics in 1993 and a dual Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Linguistics in 1999. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, and have been at Purdue since 2002.
In addition to my position in SLHS, I am also a faculty associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course, a member of the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience , a Linguistics Program faculty member, and I hold a courtesy appointment in the Dept. of Psychological Sciences.
My current research revolves around understanding the short- and long-term consequences of communication challenges (hearing loss, noise exposure), with a focus on relating psychophysiological measurements in laboratory studies to field research and epidemiological data.