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Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Ph.D., Neurosciences (May 2002)
Thesis Title: “The Specific Contributions of the Posterolateral Cerebellum to Verbal and Spatial Learning in Humans”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. William Thomas Thach, Jr.

University of Delaware
Newark, DE
Honors B.A., Neuroscience, magna cum laude (May 1997)
Thesis Title: “Brain Electrical Activity Associated with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. James E. Hoffman


Independent Scientific Writer, Editor, and Consultant (February 2011-present)

Based in Fairport, NY.
Provide scientific writing, scientific editing, and additional consulting services to clients.

Selected clients and projects include:

  • Oxford University Press
    Developmental editing, line editing, and scientific content review of undergraduate textbooks in the subject areas of psychology and neuroscience. Writing of review questions and critical-thinking questions.
  • Sinauer Associates, Inc.
    Scientific content review/editing of test bank items and quiz items for an undergraduate psychology textbook.
  • Chimborazo Publishing, Inc.
    Writing, editing, and review of Instructor Manuals for undergraduate psychology textbooks that are published by Cengage Learning.
  • Words and Numbers, Inc.
    Scientific content review of undergraduate anatomy and physiology textbook.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
    • Grant proposal development services: Manuscript evaluation, consultation on project design, writing, and editing for RIT’s College of Science, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, College of Applied Science and Technology, and Sponsored Research Services. An example of a project is work on RIT’s NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant proposal (Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Bailey). This proposal was funded in 2012 for approximately $3.2 million. Services included a meta-analysis of 10 funded proposals, key benchmarking and background research, writing of text for selected proposal sections, review of drafts, and editing of drafts.
    • Additional writing, editing, and program development services: Serve as an external consultant on RIT’s funded NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (“Creating Opportunity Networks for Engagement and Collective Transformation: Increasing the Representation and Advancement of Women Faculty @ RIT”; NSF Award Number: 1209115; Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Bailey).
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Grant proposal review and editing services.
  • Private Individual Client (on behalf of a university)
    NIH grant proposal: Manuscript evaluation, consultation on project design, writing, and editing.
  • WebMD, LLC
    Content review and editing of Medscape Reference slideshows and case presentations. Literature research for Medscape Reference articles.

Senior Research Administrator, Rochester Institute of Technology (July 2009-June 2011)
Sponsored Research Services, Office of the Vice President for Research

  • Managed the development of grant proposals for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and the School of Biological and Medical Sciences. In addition, managed proposal development for specially assigned projects in other units within RIT, including the Center for Imaging Science and the Office of the Provost.
  • Researched, identified, and disseminated information on funding opportunities
  • Organized teams of RIT investigators and multiple external partners for collaborative proposals
  • Led university-wide instructional workshops on grant proposal development and related topics
  • Assisted investigators with project design and development
  • Reviewed, provided feedback, and edited drafts of proposal narratives
  • Created budgets and wrote budget justifications in funding agency-specific formats
  • Conducted final review of proposals to ensure compliance with RIT policies, funding agency guidelines, and federal and/or state regulations as applicable; submitted proposals to funding agencies
  • Managed the development of several complex, funded proposals, including proposals to the following programs: NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers; NSF Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) Alliances; NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI); NSF Science Master’s Program (SMP); and U.S. Department of Education Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services. NSF ATE grant proposal included six sub-award partners and was funded for approximately $4.45 million.

Research Associate, University of Rochester, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (June 2005-July 2009)
Utilized behavioral methods and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) brain imaging to investigate the basis of pattern learning in adults, as well as the basis of language, visual, and perceptual development in infants.

Course Instructor, Language Development (BCS 259), University of Rochester, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Spring 2004)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Rochester, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (June 2002-June 2005)
Advisors: Drs. Richard N. Aslin and Elissa L. Newport
Investigated the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying perceptual development, language development, and language plasticity, using both behavioral methods and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) brain imaging.

Neuroscience Ph.D. Student, Washington University in St. Louis (June 1997-May 2002)
Thesis Advisor: Dr. William Thomas Thach, Jr.
Designed, programmed, implemented, and interpreted the results of a battery of experimental tests to investigate the role of the posterolateral cerebellum of the human brain in verbal and spatial learning. In addition, for the graduate Neural Systems course, served as a Teaching Assistant (Fall 1998) and as a Laboratory Instructor for the motor physiology unit (each spring, 1998-2002).

Honors Thesis Researcher, University of Delaware (August 1996-May 1997)
Thesis Advisor: Dr. James E. Hoffman
Investigated the neurological basis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), using event-related potential (ERP) methodology. Wrote and defended an undergraduate Honors thesis.

Teaching Assistant, Cognition (PSYC 340), University of Delaware, Dept. of Psychology (Fall 1996-Spring 1997)

Summer Student Intern, Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital (June-August 1996)
Tested human research participants on a brain-based computer interface, designed to provide a means of communication for patients who are completely paralyzed yet have normal or near-normal brain function.

Science and Engineering Scholar, University of Delaware (June 1995-June 1996)
Advisor: Dr. James E. Hoffman
Investigated whether distinct or overlapping brain systems underlie the processing of words and pictures, by using event-related potential (ERP) methodology.


  • Exceptional writing, editing, critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication, and management skills
  • Expertise in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Experience with Statistica, StatView, Origin, MATLAB, Macromedia Director, PsyScope, and BrainSight software


  • Academic Women’s Network Student Leadership Award (Washington University in St. Louis; 2003)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society member (1997-present)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member (1996-present)
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society member (1996-present)
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology member (1995-present)
  • Golden Key International Honor Society member (1995-present)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter Award (University of Delaware; 1997)
  • Psychology Junior Award (awarded to the junior psychology or neuroscience major with the highest GPA at the University of Delaware; 1996)
  • Honors Degree Distinguished Fellow (University of Delaware; 1996)


  • Howard Hughes Winter Term Research Program Scholarship (1997)
  • University of Delaware President’s Achievement Scholarship (1996-1997)
  • University of Delaware Alumni Association Scholarship (1996-1997)
  • University of Delaware Honors Program Scholarship (1995-1997)
  • University of Delaware Science and Engineering Scholars Program Scholarship (1995-1996)


  • Facilitator at RIT Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Research Retreat (2010)
  • Facilitator at Annual RIT Grant Writers’ Boot Camp (2009-2010)
  • Student Representative, Neurosciences Ph.D. Program Steering Committee (1998-2002)
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Elected by graduate student peers to serve as a liaison between graduate students in the Neurosciences Ph.D. Program and 20 faculty on the Steering Committee. Represented student viewpoints and voted in decisions regarding all aspects of the Neurosciences Ph.D. Program.
  • Steering Committee Member, Women in Neuroscience (WIN; 1997-2001)
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Increased available mentoring and networking resources for women at all stages of their scientific careers by organizing seminars, sponsoring workshops, and holding networking events. Helped to transform Washington University in St. Louis WIN into a St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (STL-AWIS).
  • Student Leader, St. Louis Community Math/Science Network Day (1999-2000)
    Organized volunteers, led training sessions, and led interactive neuroscience teaching demonstrations at the annual “Expanding Your Horizons in Mathematics and Science” conference for local seventh-to-tenth-grade students and interested adults.


  • Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA; 2012-present)
  • Invited Ad Hoc Reviewer for scientific journals (2004-present)
  • Advisory Group Member of the Elsevier Innovation Explorers Community (2010-2013)
  • Member of the RIT Research Compliance Education Committee (2010-2011)
  • Grant Writing Mini-Course participant (University of Rochester; 2009)
  • Invited Guest Lecturer, Language and the Brain course (BCS 265; University of Rochester; 2008)
  • Presenter at University of Rochester Life Sciences Learning Center (LSLC) Summer Camp (2003)
  • Neuroscience Teaching Teams member (Washington University in St. Louis; 1997-2002)