I am a Research Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Science, specializing in speech science. I came to Ohio State as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2000 and have pursued a full-time research career since then. I worked as a research scientist for some time and became research faculty in 2009. On this website you can find a compact summary of my professional experience, my publications, and a full list of my presentations.
My research interests are in both basic and applied aspects of speech production and perception. The vowel system of American English has always fascinated me because of its rich inventory and immense variability in the pronunciation patterns across North America, and a great deal of my work concerns regional and cross-generational variation in vowel production. I am also interested how these regional patterns are perceived by various populations, including children, individuals with speech-language disorders, and non-native speakers. My recent work also concerns speech development in late childhood and phonological processing in dyslexia. I co-direct with Robert A. Fox the Speech Perception and Acoustics Lab, where our joint projects are housed. [Please link here to go to our SPA Lab website where you will find a description of our current research projects]. With NIH support (and support from the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State), we have collected a large corpus of American English speech and are currently working on making this database publicly available. I have served my profession as Associate Editor for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. I am currently Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
My personal interests have always been in second language acquisition, classical music, and gardening. To that end, I have learned a number of languages, compiled a collection of great performances, and have grown my own food.