Zed Sevcikova-Sehyr, Ph.D.

Zed Sevcikova Sehyr received her Ph.D. from University College London (UCL) in Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences (now UCL Psychology & Language Sciences, PaLS). Prior to coming to San Diego, Dr. Sehyr was a Lecturer in English Language and Communication at Kingston University in London, UK. In 2009, she received a Visiting Lectureship in Signed Language Linguistics at the University of Roehampton, Surrey, UK. The goal of her research is to use the study of signed languages to reveal what is universal to all human languages. She also investigates how sign language exposure and deafness impact visual perception, brain organization and language processing (e.g., reading), using behavioral, statistical and electrophysiological methods (EEG/ERP, motion capture). Dr. Sehyr is the Co-Investigator on an award-winning project, ASL-LEX, a lexical database for American Sign Language (ASL) asl-lex.org. In addition to her scholarship activities, Dr. Sehyr writes and reviews science poetry, and engages in science communication and public outreach. She hosts monthly science edutainment shows, Nerd Nite San Diego and reviews science poetry for Consilience Journal. When not doing science, she loves exploring the great outdoors and learning to play the ukulele.