Chris Heffner

PhD, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Assistant Professor, Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo

I'm currently an assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Previously, I was a student in the PhD Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Maryland, College Park and did a postdoc with Dr. Emily Myers in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Connecticut. I study speech perception: how we understand the sounds other people make when they talk. I'm particularly interested in categorization (how we tell which sounds are the same and which are different) and adaptation (coping with listening situations that we're not used to, like fast speech or accented speech), with a focus on learning and change in those processes. This means I can wear many hats: cognitive scientist, cognitive psychologist, linguist, and speech scientist.

In Summer 2016, I was a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University's Language Pod. While at UMD, my home departments were Linguistics and Hearing and Speech Sciences, and I was affiliated with the Language Science Center.

I am not a clinical psychologist from Florida or a neurosurgeon from Illinois. For reference, there's a picture of me below.

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