I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington. My work is currently funded by the NICHD through a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. My work was previously funded by the National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program and SBE's Science of Learning and Developmental Sciences programs. I have also been the recipient of a 2019 Small Grant for Early Career Scholars from the Society for Research in Child Development.
I study how the development of cognition is influenced and supported by the growing body. Working alongside Linda B. Smith and my co-mentors Chen Yu (University of Texas at Austin) and John E. Richards (University of South Carolina), I am developing a research program that will use at-home studies of infant behavior to build hypothesis which I will directly test in a laboratory setting. One of my primary research goals is to determine how caregiver behaviors support and guide long-term cognitive achievements such as sustained visual attention and vocal development. My research uses wireless physiology sensors, head-mounted eye-tracking and motion capture to capture the dynamics of naturally occurring behavior at multiple scales.
I completed my PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University with Asif A. Ghazanfar. My graduate studies were funded by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. I was previously the Simons Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at the Marcus Autism Center in Emory University, working under the supervision of Ami Klin and Warren R. Jones. I completed my A.B. in Psychology with a Certificate in Neuroscience at Princeton University and wrote my thesis under the supervision of Asif A. Ghazanfar and Alexander Todorov.
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. In my free time I enjoy heavy metal music and volunteer with the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni.