I received a BA (1997) and an MA (2000) in ELT from Middle East Technical University and an MA in Applied Linguistics (2002) from the University of Essex. In 2005, I completed my PhD at Middle East Technical University. In my PhD dissertation, I analysed the validity of the Dual-Mechanism Model (Pinker & Prince, 1994) for L2 Processing.

Throughout my postgraduate studies (1997-2005), I worked as a research assistant at Middle East Technical University. After finishing my PhD, I worked at Başkent University (Ankara), Oxford University (United Kingdom) and Essex University (United Kingdom, post-doctoral researcher). In 2011, I returned to Middle East Technical University, where I currently work as an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Language Education.