Professor Kayoko Okada is the newest member of the psychology department at Whittier College. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Irvine, M.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the faculty at Whittier, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at University of California, Irvine, where she conducted neuroimaging (fMRI) experiments to explore the neural bases of language processing.
Okada is passionate about cognitive neuroscience and her research is guided by the question of how language is organized in the brain. She has published neuroimaging studies in the domain of speech perception, speech production and audiovisual speech. She continues to collaborate with colleagues at University of California, Irvine, exploring the neural bases of speech perception and speech production systems.