My primary program of research is concerned with identifying and understanding how people on the autism spectrum process and interpret social signals (e.g., faces). I am particularly focused on elucidating biologically-based mechanisms underlying social behaviors like face recognition as well as social communication skills more broadly. To carry out this research, I use a mixture of psychophysical (i.e., eye-tracking), evidence synthesis (i.e., meta-analysis), and intervention approaches to understand these processes (and their change over time) across multiple levels of analysis. Infused throughout my work is a strong focus on statistically rigorous methodology, including multilevel modeling, hidden Markov modeling, and Bayesian inference.
PhD Student, Cognitive Psychology
M.A., University of Colorado