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I am a postdoctoral fellow with Penn State's Child Maltreatment Solutions Network. My research focuses on language acquisition and the risk for developmental language disorders when children are exposed to adversity and maltreatment. My previous training focused on diagnostic decision-making and specific language impairment across the lifespan from toddlerhood through adulthood. Now, I address this research intersection through an interdisciplinary, biopsychosocial, and genetically-informed framework to investigate how: 1) individuals with developmental language disorders are at heightened risk for adversity and maltreatment exposure, and 2) individuals exposed to adversity and maltreatment are at heightened risk for developmental language disorders.