I am a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Maureen Ritchey’s Memory Modulation Lab at Boston College. I joined BC in June 2017 after completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge with Dr. Jon Simons.

My research investigates our ability to build and reconstruct detailed mental images of previously experienced events. For example, while sitting at home in Boston, I can vividly picture my travels to New Zealand, reinstating many of the visual details, sounds, and emotions I experienced at different locations. I can mentally travel back in time and ‘see’ these events incredibly clearly, but they are completely dissociated from my current physical surroundings. This phenomenon is known as episodic memory and is fundamental for many of our social and cognitive abilities: it is how we navigate our environment, simulate what will happen in the future, and forge social relationships.

My doctoral research explored the cognitive neuroscience of episodic memory in autistic adults. My postdoctoral research is focused on increasing our understanding of exactly how the brain forms and reconstructs the rich detail of episodic memories: how are different types of details integrated and reinstated as a coherent mental image? And how are memories transformed over time?

Other than memory and brains, my interests include hiking, kayaking, skiing, tennis, netball, and generally being outdoors!

Academic Positions

  • PresentJune 2017

    Postdoctoral Scholar

    Memory Modulation Lab, Boston College

Education

  • PhD 2017

    Psychology

    University of Cambridge

  • MSc 2013

    Cognitive & Decision Sciences

    University College London

  • BSc (Hons) 2012

    Psychology

    University of Nottingham

Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • 2019
    Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience (SICN) Fellow
    Awarded a place at SICN, Santa Barbara
  • 2019
    Frith Prize, Experimental Psychology Society
    Award for an exceptional PhD thesis.
  • 2018
    eLife Early Career Travel Grant
    Funding to travel to and present a talk at the Memory Disorders Research Society annual conference in Toronto, Canada.
  • 2017
    Methods in Neuroscience at Dartmouth (MIND) Fellow
    Awarded a place at Dartmouth?s neuroscience summer school.
  • 2016
    Guarantors of Brain Travel Grant
    Funding to travel to and present a poster at the International Conference on Memory in Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2013-2016
    St John's College, Cambridge Benefactors' Scholarship
    Scholarship awarded each PhD year.
  • 2013-2016
    Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD Studentship
    Full fees and stipend award for my PhD at Cambridge.
  • 2012
    British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award
    Highest degree score at graduation.
  • 2012
    University of Nottingham Psychology Prize
    Highest grade in exams.
  • 2011
    University of Nottingham Psychology Prize
    Highest grade in exams.