I was drawn to the field of audiology based on my experience as an individual with hearing loss. While studying for my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, I became fascinated by the mechanisms underlying learning, particularly learning through listening. This caused me to pursue an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern. I am currently interested in the effects of maturation, aging, disability, and various aspects of cognition on the perceptual learning of speech and more basic auditory stimuli.