Julie completed her B. S. at the University of Michigan in Biological Anthropology-Zoology. During her years as an undergraduate, she gained field experience as a research assistant studying crows in Ann Arbor, dolphins in Australia, rhesus macaques in Puerto Rico, and capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. After graduating, she worked as a full time research assistant for 3 years (in Costa Rica and Ann Arbor) before going on to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Ph.D. in Psychology. Her Ph.D. research focused on vocal communication in white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Julie went on to Indiana University for a post-doc in developmental psychology studying social mechanisms of communicative development in songbirds and human infants. Currently, Julie is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and member of The Delta Center at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on social influences on communicative development in prelinguistic infants and is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She lives in Iowa City with her two daughters, two dogs, hamsters, fish and a turtle.

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