I draw on my backgrounds in cognitive science, performance philosophy, and creative technology to teach workshops and modules on science communication for researchers, faculty, and students. From 2015-2019, I advised undergraduates at Harvard University in the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative (shown on the right). As a postdoc at Northeastern University, I currently teach the following courses: 

  • Topics in Strategic Communication (Graduate Seminar)

  • Ethics in Creative Practice (Practice-Based Research)

  • Improvisation (Studio Course)

  • The Eloquent Presenter (Computer Science Majors)

My undergraduate and graduate work in experimental psychology and clinical neuroscience focused on cognitive models underlying empathy, care, and compassion, as well as research and implementation of interventions as alternative therapies for cognitive, behavioral, and neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADD and AD/HD. 


Research included brain imaging (EEG, NIRS, fMRI) and non-invasive stimulation (TMS, tDCS, TBS) at the Berenson Allen Center, Therapeutically Active Digital Medicine designed to develop and support Executive Function including memory and attention at Akili Interactive Labs, the design and implementation of biofeedback devices in promoting sensory awareness of bodily responses to stress and anxiety at the Langer Mindfulness Lab, and somatic-based enrichment practices, partnering with Body Brain Connect, Harvard Medical School, and the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.  

My current research involves collaborating with organizations and institutions including the Fluid Interfaces and Community Bio groups at the MIT Media Lab, the Center for Collaborative Media and Department of Physics at Yale University, and the Robotics, Automation, and Dance Lab at the University of Illinois-Urbana

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