My current focus is on the cognitive mechanisms involved in behavioral flexibility during reversal learning, as well as how memory for previous experience guides present behavior. Additionally, I'm focusing on how time plays a functional role in the organization of behavior in various non-human animals and assessing its effect in comparison to other sources of information that influence decision-making processes.
I received my B.S. in Psychology (Minor: P&R) at Appalachian State in 2004. I went on to receive my M.A. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2007) and finally my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Kentucky (2011). My research during my doctoral candidacy centered on assessing levels of behavioral flexibility and memory in pigeons and rats, as well as various cognitive phenomena in pigeons, rats and canines. After traveling for a summer, I began teaching Intro to Psych and Experimental Psych classes as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as working in a human neurofeedback lab. In September of 2014 I began my post-doc fellowship here at Tufts University where I am currently conducting research on cognitive processes in pigeons and starlings.
To continue to conduct research in comparative cognition and procure a position as a tenured-track professor in Psychology.