I obtained my MA degree in Psychology in 2004 and my research MA degree in Linguistics (cum laude) in 2006 at Utrecht University. I completed my PhD in 2010 at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. My dissertation, supervised by Prof. Anne Cutler, dr. Holger Mitterer and dr. Falk Huettig, investigated how listeners recognize reduced forms in spontaneous speech. During my PhD the Hugh Knowles Leadership Fund gave me the opportunity to do research for half a year in Prof. Ann Bradlow’s lab at Northwestern University (Evanston, USA).
After my PhD, I returned to Northwestern University to start my first postdoc position at the Linguistics Department. This project was about how monolingual and bilingual adults recognize speech in background noise. In 2011, I combined this position with another postdoc position at the Department of English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen. In Groningen, I worked with Prof. Monika Schmid and a group of researchers on language attrition and bilingualism. To collect data for this project, I also visited the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2013, I started my third postdoc at Utrecht University and I became academic assistant to Prof. Aylin Küntay for the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. This work investigated the underlying mechanisms of prediction during language processing in monolingual and bilingual children. During this time I visisted the Social Sciences and Humanities Department at Koc University in Istanbul. I also took up a lecturer position for half a year at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the NWO/Vici funded project, “Giving cognition a hand: Linking spatial cognition to linguistic expression in native and late learners of sign language and bimodal bilinguals”, granted to Prof. Aslı Özyürek.
Currently, I am working as an assistant professor at the Radboud University at the Dutch Language and Culture Department where I teach courses on Methods, Psycholinguistics and Statistics. I am involved in many research projects related to speech processing in challenging listening conditions. Besides this, I also work as a statistical consultant at the Faculty of Arts. As of January 2019, I joined the associate editor team of the journal Applied Psycholinguistics, Cambridge University Press.