Reiko Kataoka earned her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2011. Her specialization is phonetics, laboratory phonology, and psycholinguistics. Her main research interest is to investigate how listeners perceive speech, or how listeners map continuous and variable acoustic signals to stable mental representations of linguistic units. She has been teaching at SJSU since 2012, including a graduate class in phonology and undergraduate classes in phonetics and evolution of sound communication.