Hi there! Nice to meet you.

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta, focusing on Experimental Psycholinguistics. In my doctoral dissertation, I use experimental research combined with advanced statistical modelling to investigate the influence of an individual's personality on language comprehension. I am interested in how humans understand the world, and in data analysis and visualization - some of the most powerful tools of communication, research, and progress at our disposal.

After completing my first placement with the City of Edmonton from January until June, I am currently an IPAC Public Service Graduate Intern with Alberta Public Service Communications (aka the Government of Alberta.) I am also currently teaching the LING 101 pre-exam tutorials, and I have taught LING 101 Online as a principal instructor twice in the past (a role which I'll be reprising in Winter 2019 apparently, so - see you in class, maybe?)

In my free time, I am a passionate urbanism advocate, chairing the First/Last Kilometre subcommitee on the ETS Advisory Board, and being a former board member of Paths for People. I have also held various positions within the Linguistics Graduate Students Association (LGSA) executive, where I helped organize and run academic and social events. To see more of what I do on and off campus, read on further below, or have a look at my CV.

I am many things

I am focused, versatile, and curious. Learning new things is an integral part of my life (this may be why I've been sticking around school for this long.)

I love looking for (and finding!) solutions to problems, and streamlining a workflow or process. I am also a big fan of data-based decisionmaking.

Naturally, being a linguist, I love languages - and I am not scared of code. In my free time, I like to learn new things in R on DataCamp, and dabble in photography.

My Research

The Influence of an Individual's Personality on Language Comprehension

We are investigating whether an individual's personality traits, which tend to be glossed over frequently in linguistic research, have a measurable influence on language comprehension. The initial data from a multi-modal array of studies (self-paced listening, off-line ratings, and pupillometry) look quite promising! With Dr. Juhani Järvikivi.

Training & Quality Assessment of an OCR Model for Northern Haida

We have developed the first optical character recognition model for this severely endangered First Nations language with an expansive, non-Latin character set [publication | talks]. With Dr. Antti Arppe, Dr. Jordan Lachler, and Eddie A. Santos.

Public Service Internship

I am currently an IPAC Public Service Graduate Intern with Communications at the Alberta Public Service (aka the Government of Alberta), where I help with outreach.

lifelong learner

After having completed the certificate in Management of Urban Infrastructures, I am now pursuing the Data Scientist with R Career Track on DataCamp in my free time to hone my data analysis skills.

urbanism advocacy

I am passionate about making cities accessible and pleasant experiences for all. I am a member of the Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board and have recently completed a Certificate in Management of Urban Infrastructures with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via Coursera.

My skills

  • statistics/data analysis R, RStudio, Tableau, modelling, dataviz, ggplot
  • academic praat, E-Prime, DmDX, LATEX
  • office Microsoft Office Suite, Open/LibreOffice, google suite
  • programming Python, SQL, MySQL, bash/terminal/console
  • web design (X)HTML, HTML5, CSS3
  • OS's Unix (Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware), Windows, Mac
  • misc Markdown, prezi

So that's me.

Thank you for visiting!