My background is in neuropsychology and psycholinguistics. I am originally from Mexico City, where I completed a B.A.(Hons) in Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico - UNAM and then completed a professional Diploma in Neuropsychology (REAPRENDE-BUAP). I acquired clinical and research experience (cognitive assessment and fMRI of patients with brain tumours before and after neurosurgery) at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery MVS in Mexico City for three years.
I earned an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the Ohio State University (OSU), where I worked on language acquisition. I acquired research experience with typically developing children and children with specific language impairment (SLI) and collaborated in various research projects in aphasia and language acquisition at the Language and Aphasia Neuro-rehabilitation Lab, the Spanish Psycholinguistics Lab and the Developmental Language and Cognition Lab. At OSU, I also taught Spanish as a second language.
My doctoral work at the University of Edinburgh focused on the effects of bilingualism on cognitive performance and on second-language processing using structural priming and ERPs under the excellent supervision of Dr Thomas Bak, Prof Martin Pickering and Dr Mante Nieuwland.
After completion of my doctorate degree, I was first a postdoc at the Multilanguage and Cognition Lab (MULTAC) at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh.