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 analyze the influence of extra-linguistic information on speech comprehension. After completing my first placement with the City of Edmonton from January until June, I am currently an IPAC Public Service Graduate Intern with the Public Service Commission at the Government of Alberta.

In the summer of 2017, I got to teach LING 101 online as a principal instructor, which is a role that I will be reprising this Summer term. I have also been a TA for LING 101, 204, and 320 several times.

In my free time, I am a passionate urbanism advocate, chairing the Transit Innovation subcommitee on the ETS Advisory Board. I have also held various positions within the Linguistics Graduate Students Association (LGSA) executive and am currently their secretary. 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 very organized, curious, a quick learner, and I love looking for (and finding!) solutions to problems. I like working with large amounts of data, and I am very passionate about creating safer and more pleasant cities for everyone.

Naturally, I love languages, and I am not scared of code (at least not usually.)

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 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.

academic activities

In addition to doing research and an intern, I like to be involved at my department. I am currently the Secretary on the Linguistics Graduate Students Association (LGSA) executive, where I make sure meetings are being recorded and their minutes published. I also help organize academic and community-building events.

IPAC Internship

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

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

  • academic praat, R, RStudio, E-Prime, DmDX, LATEX
  • programming Python, SQL, MySQL, bash/terminal/console
  • office Microsoft Office Suite, Open/LibreOffice, google docs
  • web development JavaScript, jQuery, php
  • 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!