I earned my Ph.D. in Physiology & Neurobiology, as well as an M.A. in Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience, from the University of Connecticut. I completed postdoctoral training at Brown University, Department of Neuroscience; Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Department of Neurophysiology & Neuropharmacology, and the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Neuroscience. I joined the Department of Psychology & Program in Neuroscience at Lafayette College in 2006, was awarded Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship from 2016-2017 at the Friedrich Alexander Universität, Universitätsklinikum, Erlangen, Germany , named William C. ’67 & Pamela Rappolt Scholar in Neuroscience in 2018, and promoted to Full Professor in 2019.
Work in my laboratory focuses on examining the neurobiological mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders, and translating our work in genetic animal models to humans. For example, students in my laboratory are examining the interaction between dyslexia susceptibility genes, maze learning behavior, and reading toward the early identification of specific reading disorder (see Reading Research Lab), based on results from our research with mouse models of dyslexia. In addition to neurodevelopmental research, Prof. Yih-Choung Yu (ECE) and I run a multidisciplinary, collaborative research program to develop and improve EEG-based Brain-Computer Interface devices.