As a speech technologist and PhD candidate, Joan’s research is at the intersection of speech recognition and virtual reality. She is the principal investigator on an international, educational-technology research team, working in collaboration with the New Zealand startup ImmerseMe. Her work has been published by Cambridge University Press, The Linguist List, Issues and Trends in Educational Technology, and The FLT Mag. She has spoken at VOICE Summit by Amazon Alexa, This Week in Voice Podcast, Voice and Beyond Podcast, Rosetta Stone, UX@UA, and the University of Arizona iSpace Tech Talks. She is the 2018 Winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the international Computer-Assisted Language Consortium. She holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington.