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Objective

Currently seeking to apply my diverse research skills in projects that value a creative yet systematic and empirical approach to consumer-centered product development (in either academia or the private sector).

Summary

  • Cognitive scientist with extensive experience designing, implementing, and managing human-focused research studies using psychophysical, eye-tracking, survey, and qualitative methods.
  • Projects completed include interdisciplinary studies on visual information processing, cross-modal perception, human-object interactions, spatial cognition, and the effects of marketing and health interventions on consumer behaviors.
  • Analytical and programming experience in SPSS, MATLAB, and web-based languages (ASP, SQL, HTML); proficient in a variety of software programs (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Office).
  • Taught university-level courses in cognitive psychology, research methods, and critical writing; supervised data collectors, research assistants, honors students, and interns in psychology research labs.
  • Coauthored a book and academic papers in the perceptual and cognitive sciences; presented research results at international conferences and university seminars.
  • Served on department committees, organized multi-university academic meetings, and reviewed manuscripts for scholarly publications.
  • Awarded competitive grants and fellowships to support research projects and professional development.

Work History

20122015

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Western Sydney University

Designed experiments to examine the effects of unconscious learning on perceptual selection, effects of eye movements on perception and spatial memory, and object-based attention in static and dynamic scenes (supervisor: Dr. Watson). Collaborated with computer scientists to examine spatial reasoning and develop attention models in artificial intelligence. Supervised honors and psychology research students.

20052011

Research Assistant

Visual Attention Lab, Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science

Developed and implemented psychophysical experiments on visual attention using the Multiple Object Tracking paradigm. Programmed experiments using MatLab software. Prepared and analyzed data using SPSS and Excel. Presented results at conferences and department colloquia. Participated in academic writing. (Supervisor: Dr. Zenon Pylyshyn)

20062008

Teaching Assistant - Cognition Lab

Rutgers University, Department of Psychology

Presented theoretical background and motivations for in-class experiment in cognitive psychology. Taught research methodology and relevant statistical analysis using SPSS.

20012008

Research Associate (Consultant)

Public Health Institute

Involved in local and national tobacco marketing and policy studies. Assisted in advertising survey development and implementation. Produced training materials and trained data collectors for statewide and national surveys. Prepared and analyzed data using SPSS and Excel; presented results to varied audiences. Participated in academic and technical writing.

20012005

Computer Research Associate II

Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

Designed and implemented web-based health programs; adapted print materials for the Internet. Created web-based applications for screening research participants and project data collection. Developed database-driven web sites to disseminate Center research. Redesigned and maintained public and internal web sites. Produced promotional digital videos. Required proficiency in ASP, SQL, Javascript, HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Pagemaker, Premiere, SPSS, and Microsoft Office.

19972005

Social Science Research Assistant III

Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

Prepared and managed complex data sets; performed analyses using SPSS and Excel. Designed, produced, and implemented surveys; conducted pilot tests. Participated in academic and technical writing. Produced reports for meetings, conferences, and community dissemination. Helped develop intervention strategies and materials for community health campaigns. Supervised research assistant; hired and trained temporary data collectors. Required proficiency in SPSS, SuperLab, Microsoft Office, Endnote, Filemaker, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Arcview.

19961997

Bookkeeper Assistant / Research Assistant

Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Administration

Acted as part of a research team lead by Booz-Allen & Hamilton consultants to establish a long-term strategy for the school. Collected, organized, and analyzed data to characterize the school’s competitive situation and assisted in drawing conclusions from the analyses and directing research towards desired goals. Balanced and reconciled errors in monthly ledger reports under supervision of departmental financial analyst. Assisted Deans with budget planning; created spreadsheets to manage accounts and project yearly expenses. Developed and maintained financial databases. Trained staff to use the university’s new interactive accounting system. Assisted faculty research as needed.

Education

Skills

MATLAB
SPSS
Web Programming
HTML, ASP, and SQL programming
Photoshop and Illustrator
Microsoft Office

Academic work

Photography

Interest

  • Visual attention
  • Working memory
  • Visual awareness and attention
  • Consciousness
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Photography