I am a Ph.D. Student studying Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I work with Professors Cindy Fisher and Renée Baillargeon.

I am interested in how children represent events and how they use those event representations in online language comprehension and word learning. In particular, my research asks questions about how we integrate linguistic knowledge with knowledge of real world referents to understand the messages that speakers are trying to convey.

I am also interested in infants’ ability to represent the mental states of others, as well as how these mental state representations become elaborated and integrated with other cognitive processes across development.