Annie received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz under the direction of Dr. Benjamin C. Storm. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the CALLA Lab at the University of California, Riverside under the direction of Dr. Rachel Wu. Annie’s research investigates the interplay between memory and creativity, particularly how people are able to produce new ideas and avoid getting fixated on old or unhelpful ones. Annie plans to use her knowledge of fixation and experience teaching at the undergraduate level to help inform studies of undergraduate learning, with the ultimate goal of designing better methods of instruction for large lecture courses at universities. Before pursuing graduate studies, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, where she received her B.A. in Psychology (cognitive psychology track).
In her (limited) free time, Annie enjoys world building for a book she has no plans of actually writing, keeping up with an excessive number of TV shows (multitasking helps), and creating color-coded to-do lists in Excel.