Undergraduate and graduate degrees, employment, memberships, and awards.


Ph.D., Cognitive and Biological Psychology — University of Minnesota (2012)

Supporting Program Minor: Mathematical Modeling and Statistics

Dissertation: Evaluating Object Visibility with Simulated Visual Impairment Using Real and Rendered Scenes.

Specials Thesis: Obstacle Detection and Avoidance as a Partially-Observable Markov-Decision Process

First Year Project: Wayfinding in Real Buildings Using Passive Tracking of Local Magnetic Fields

B.A., Psychology — University of Minnesota (2004)

Major Project: Walking a Straight Line Without Vision

Foreign Exchange:

  • Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil (Summer, 2003)
  • Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (Fall, 2003)

Language Proficiency: Portuguese



Matlab Instructional Technology Fellow — College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

  • Inaugural (Fall, 2006 - Summer, 2007)
  • Renewed (Fall, 2007 - Summer, 2008)

Teaching Assistantships

Psychology 3902W-Major Project — College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

  • Section Leader (Spring, 2011)
  • Instructor (Summer, 2011)

Research Assistantships

Grant Supported

  • Designing Visually Accessible Spaces. NIH R01 EY017835-01
  • Indoor Magnetic Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired. NIH R44EY015616
  • Psychophysics of Reading-Normal and Low Vision. NIH/NEI R01 EY002934
  • Object Recognition and Navigation in Normal and Low Vision. NIH EY02857

Department Supported

  • Electronics and Mechanical Fabrication Shop Manager (Fall, 2008 - Fall, 2010)

Academic Memberships

Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research. Gordon E. Legge, Ph.D., Principal Investigator. University of Minnesota (2000-2012)

Computational Perception and Action Lab. Paul R. Schrater, Ph.D., Principal Investigator. University of Minnesota (2005-2012)

Center for Cognitive Sciences — University of Minnesota (2003-2012)

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2003-2005, 2008)

Vision Sciences Society (2002, 2014-2016)

Academic Awards

Inventor Recognition Award — License Signed.
Office for Technology Commercialization, University of Minnesota
MNREAD-Portuguese Reading-Acuity Chart. Tamaki, C., Kallie, C.S., Mansfield, J.S. and Legge, G.E. (Copyright 2005)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Award. University of Minnesota (2001)