My research program is one of basic research. I investigate how people represent and communicate about action events. In my dissertation, I explored the development of action and motion event understanding by examining the impact of language on the expression of action events. I observed how adults and children communicate about motion events in the absence of language. Currently, I am investigating how various social contextual factors influence this development by studying the impact of participation in joint activity on adults’ and children's action representations and the effects on language and source memory. In addition, I have an interest in pedagogical research exploring effective teaching strategies.
I am very interested in involving undergraduates in my research program and in supervising students on their own projects. Students who work with me on my research do so at all levels-—from design discussions, to data collection and interpretation, to theoretical discussions of the implications of the work. If you are interested in working on a research project with me, please contact me, email.