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Accessible Research Materials

I am passionate about creating materials that make research accessible to people beyond the academic community -- particularly those without whom it would not be possible. That's why I've created accessible, aphasia-friendly versions of all of my latest papers (you can see them in the supplementary materials of Levy et al., 2024 and Levy & Kasdan et al., 2022 -- this one won the ASHA Editor's Award for 2023!), and also created an educational video about language and why we study it (this one won first place in the CogSci Mind Challenge for 2023)!

Aphasia Arts and Music Group 

In the spring of 2019, the Curb Public Scholars program granted a fellowship to myself and my colleague, Anna Kasdan, to start a community group based around arts and music for individuals with aphasia. The group aims to foster alternative self-expression through accessible art projects, choir rehearsals/performances, and rotating activities including drum circles, accessible yoga, conversations with guest musicians, and vinyl listening and discussion sessions lead by a local audio engineer. We began meeting in September 2019, and have been going strong (even meeting remotely through COVID-19 pandemic) ever since! In the fall of 2021, we partnered with The Curb Center at Vanderbilt to show our art in their Art of Healing exposition. See some beautiful work from our group members below!



Fellowship in Blended Online Learning Design

In the summer of 2019, I was granted a fellowship with the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching's Blended Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows program to develop an online module to increase scientific literacy among undergraduates. The module was implemented in an undergraduate psychology course at Vanderbilt in Fall 2020, and was associated with significant improvements in multiple measures of scientific literacy among students in the course. For a full description, check out the writeup here!

Graduate Women in Science

In the spring of 2019, I became a charter member of Nashville's inaugural chapter of Graduate Women in Science. I was elected as Secretary that spring and from 2019-2020 helped to organize social activities, disseminate information about GWIS, and establish a monthly Faculty Brown Bag series in which female faculty at Vanderbilt meet with students and young professionals to discuss their journeys as women in science and provide advice to other budding female scientists. 

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