Education

09/2013
Ph.D., Neuroscience and Behavior
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Dissertation: The effects of metric strength on the allocation of attention across time

05/2007
B.S., Psychology (Neuroscience track), summa cum laude with Departmental Honors
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Thesis: Event-related potential indices of syntactic processing in music and speech

05/2005
A.A., Liberal Arts, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA

Academic Appointments

2016 – present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cognition Attention Perception and Speech Laboratory, Mount Holyoke College, Advisor: Mara Breen. Using EEG, eyetracking, and behavioral methods to investigate implicit prosody during silent reading.

2015 – present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cognition and Action Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Advisor: Rebecca Spencer. Using fMRI, DTI, EEG, and behavioral methods to assess the impacts of sleep on auditory and sequence learning.

2015 – 2016
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Neurocognition and Perception Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Advisor: Lisa Sanders. Developed novel electrophysiological techniques for assessing attentional influence on speech-in-noise perception under real-world conditions.

2013 – 2015
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Northwestern University, Advisor: Nina Kraus. Investigated interactions of maturation, life experience, and rhythmic skill with brainstem and cortical auditory function and language outcomes in toddlers and adolescents.

2008 – 2013
Graduate Research Assistant, Neurocognition and Perception Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Advisor: Lisa Sanders. Demonstrated that rhythmic stress hierarchies guide attention to moments in time in a manner that modulates early cortical auditory processing.

2012
Graduate Research Assistant, Language Processing Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Advisor: Charles Clifton. Used eyetracking and behavioral methods to investigate the effects of syntactic complexity on plausibility recognition timing.

2007 – 2008
Graduate Research Assistant, Activity for Brain and Cognitive Development Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Advisor: Matthew Davidson. Analyzed fMRI data comparing local and global processing of hierarchical auditory and visual stimuli.

2006 – 2007
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Neurocognition and Perception Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Advisor: Lisa Sanders. Investigated cross-domain transfer effects of musical expertise on ERP markers of linguistic syntactic processing.

Research Support

2015
Interdisciplinary language research seed grant, University of Massachusetts.

2013 – 2015
Institutional postdoctoral NRSA fellowship, National Institutes of Health. Translational Research in Communication Sciences & Disorders. (5T32DC009399-05, PI: Larson).

2012 – 2013
Dissertation research grant, University of Massachusetts.

2008 – 2011
MRI-MRS pilot research grant, University of Massachusetts. Plasticity profiles for subsystems of music and language processing. (Co-Investigator).

2007 – 2009
Institutional Predoctoral NRSA Fellowship, National Institutes of Health. Predoctoral Training in Neuroscience and Behavior. (5T32NS007490-08/09, PI: Meyer).

2006 – 2007
Commonwealth Honors College Honors Research Grant, University of Massachusetts.

Publications

Woodruff Carr, K., Fitzroy, A. B., Tierney, A., White-Schwoch, T., Kraus, N. (2016). Incorporation of feedback during beat synchronization is an index of neural maturation and reading skillsBrain and Language164, 43. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2016.09.005

Fitzroy, A. B., Krizman, J., Tierney, A., Agouridou, M., & Kraus, N. (2015). Longitudinal maturation of auditory cortical function during adolescenceFrontiers in Human Neuroscience9, 530. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00530

Fitzroy, A. B., & Sanders, L. D. (2015). Musical meter modulates the allocation of attention across timeJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience27, 12. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00862

Tierney, A., Krizman, J., Fitzroy, A. B., Skoe, E., Amar, Y., & Kraus, N. (2015). Continued maturation of auditory brainstem function during adolescence: A longitudinal approachClinical Neurophysiology126, 12. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2015.01.026

Fitzroy, A. B., & Sanders, L. D. (2013). Musical expertise modulates early processing of syntactic violations in languageFrontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience3, 603. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00603

Presentations (* indicates presentation by a mentored student)

Fitzroy, A., & Breen, M. (2017) Intensity variation signals metric structure in child-directed poetic speech. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, CA.

Bakre, S.*, Fitzroy, A., & Spencer, R. (2017) Take a Nap Get Back on Track: The Effects of Aging on Sleep Dependent Consolidation of Motor Learning. Poster presented at the UMass Amherst Research Intensive Summer Internship program for high school students symposium, Amherst, MA.

Fitzroy, A., & Breen, M. (2017) Talkers impart neuroperceptually expected metric structure during child-directed poetic speech. Poster presented at The Neurosciences and Music – VI: Music, Sound and Health, Boston, MA.

Jones, B. J., Fitzroy, A. B., & Spencer, R. M. (2017). Sleep preserves emotional reactivity for negative memories. Poster presented at 31st annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Boston, MA.

Ali, M. O.*, Fitzroy, A. B., & Breen, M. (2017). Prosody, Poetry and Processing: ERP Evidence for Rhythmic Structure in Silent Reading. Poster presented at 11th Annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium, Ithaca, NY.

Sanders, L. D., & Fitzroy, A. B. (2016). EEG and ERP measures of live speech processing in a multi-talker environment. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Barreau, C., Fitzroy, A., & Breen, M. (2016). Effects of rule knowledge on action perception: ERP evidence from Ballet and Modern dance genres. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Rivera-Rodriguez, A.*, Fitzroy, A., Sherwood, M., Dasgupta, N., & Sanders, L. (2016). The effects of emotion on unintentional race bias. Poster presented at UMass Summer Program for Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.

Woodruff Carr, K., White-Schwoch, T., Fitzroy, A., Kraus, N. (2015). Incorporating feedback during beat synchronization relates to neural speech encoding and language skills. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN.

Fitzroy, A. B. (2013). Metric strength directs a patterned allocation of attention across time. Talk presented at the annual New England Sequencing and Timing meeting, Amherst, MA.

Fitzroy, A. B. (2012). Metric strength effects on early auditory processing as indexed by ERPs and gamma-band activity. Talk presented at the fall Biannual Meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group, Boston, MA.

Fitzroy, A. B. (2012). Metric strength modulates early auditory processing. Talk presented at the University of Massachusetts Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Amherst, MA.

Fitzroy, A. B. (2012). Metric strength modulates early auditory processing: ERP evidence. Talk presented at the spring Biannual Meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group, New Haven, CT.

Fitzroy, A., & Sanders, L. D. (2010). Musical meter directs the hierarchical allocation of attention in time. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, QC.

Fitzroy, A., & Sanders, L. D. (2008). Event-related potential indices of syntactic processing in music and speech. Poster presented at The Neurosciences and Music III – Disorders & Plasticity, Montreal, QC.

Astheimer, L. B., Fitzroy, A. B., Sanders, L. D., & Davidson, M. C. (2008). Attention to hierarchical levels affects cortical processing across modality and dimension. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Sanders, L. D., Astheimer, L., Bush, W., & Fitzroy, A. (2007). Temporally selective attention modulates perception of rapidly presented information. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.

Fitzroy, A., & Sanders, L. D. (2007). Event-related potential indices of syntactic processing in music and speech. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Teaching Experience

Mount Holyoke College
Sensation and Perception (Fall 2017) – Instructor of record

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Departmental Honors Seminar (Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012) – Instructor of record
Statistics in Psychology (Spring 2010, three sections) – Laboratory component instructor
Cognitive Psychology (Spring 2011) – Teaching assistant (course instructor – Carolyn Cave)
Sensation and Perception (Spring 2009) – Guest lecturer on Music Perception (course instructor – Lisa Sanders)

Service to Profession

2013 – present
Ad hoc reviewer: 
    NeuroImage
    Brain and Language 
    Hearing Research 
    Scientific Reports
    Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

2016
Co-organizer, New England Sequencing and Timing annual meeting, Amherst, MA

2012 – 2013
Educational Outreach committee member, Neuroscience and Behavior Program, University of Massachusetts

2012
Recruitment committee student co-chair, Neuroscience and Behavior Program, University of Massachusetts

Professional Association Memberships

2016 – present
Psychonomic Society

2011 – present
Society for Music Perception and Cognition

2006 – present
Cognitive Neuroscience Society