Shannon is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Sanford School of Public Policy, working on Baby's First Years with Dr. Lisa Gennetian. Shannon's research examines children's language input and their developing language skills over time using various behavioral methods. She is interested in how children’s early language experience varies systematically between children and families (such as by child gender or family socioeconomic status) and how that affects children's language development. She has expertise investigating language development using experimental, observational, and longitudinal methods. On Baby's First Years, she is investigating the mechanisms of socioeconomic-based differences in children's language experiences and development.
Shannon completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Duke University in 2022, advised by Dr. Elika Bergelson. She received a BA in psychology with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015.