Niloofar Akhavan

Research Scientist

About Me

I am a cognitive scientist trained to think deeply and creatively to understand and solve complex problems using a data-driven approach. I am recognized for applying innovative methods to understand patterns in linguistic and cognitive behaviors and for distilling actionable insights for diverse stakeholders. I seek a collaborative environment with project-focused multidisciplinary teams. I have a strong passion to bring my knowledge of human cognition and data analytics to empower people with diverse abilities and have a broad positive impact.

Research Scientist

I have 7 years of research experience. I integrate my knowledge in cognitive science with my skills in mixed methods research and data science to provide data-driven insights to human behavior.


I have 9 years of teaching experience. I have passion to communicate complex topics to students. My teaching practice is student-centered that prioritizes students’ needs and challenges.


I have published many peer-reviewed articles including international journal papers, conference papers, and a book chapter.


Ph.D. Communication Sciences and Disorders

University of California San Diego 

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA


M.A. Developmental Psychology

Koç University

Istanbul, Turkey


B.S. Psychology

Middle East Technical University

Ankara, Turkey




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