Lazuli has worked as an educator and researcher since 2013. She is an experimental psychologist/cognitive scientist, and she research focuses on music perception and cognition, particularly how music is a form of communication. In the classroom, Lazuli has earned the distinction of ranking among the top educators at Indiana University; known for their ability to engage and inspire students from diverse backgrounds, specifically neurodivergent students. Lazuli is also autistic, which facilitates understanding and connection with CIP students.
As the Social Skills Coordinator at CIP, Lazuli helps students learn important social skills necessary to navigate a world populated by people that think and act differently than they do; by first meeting students where they are, finding out where they want to go, and devising plans to help them achieve those goals. Lazuli engages with students both one-on-one and in group interactions on topics ranging from conversational skills and relationship skills to teamwork and group dynamics. Lazuli has earned their M.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and is presently finishing their Ph.D. at the same institution. She is a a member of several lab groups on campus in The Media School, the Kinsey Institute, and the Jacobs School of Music.
When she isn’t helping students build social skills, Lazuli is likely to be found writing, reading, in their home studio recording music, or out on a photo shoot. Lazuli is also an avid gamer, when not working on their dissertation.