Phuong-Nghi Pham attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA, and graduated with honors in Psychology, Music, and English. She is drawn to the resonances between the humanities and the sciences.

Phuong-Nghi joins the SMART Lab as a 2018-2019 Fulbright Fellow. She will be expanding on the lab’s work on the neural entrainment of beat perception by focusing on the Deaf community. She is also assisting with the HA Choir project. In addition to training with electrophysiological equipment, Phuong-Nghi looks forward to learning the intricacies of crafting, executing, and presenting a music cognition project. Her other goals include familiarizing herself with American Sign Language, improving her coding skills, and understanding the many facets outside of the science that a good scientist must be able to navigate. She feels privileged for this opportunity to work with and learn from the brilliant and supportive people in the lab.


Piano performance has also been a major part of her life. Phuong-Nghi has performed on National Public Radio’s From the Top and appeared as a soloist with orchestras at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. In her free time, she loves to explore Toronto’s eclectic neighborhoods, take advantage of her library card, as well as train in karate.