Creel’s research investigates how children and adults learn sound categories, particularly speech sounds and music. Creel graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1999 with a double degree in Music (B.A.) and Experimental Psychology (B.S.). She received a 2005 PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. In 2007, Creel began her current position as a professor in the Department Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. She has published papers about learning and recognizing words, voices, and music in children and adults, in such journals as Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Memory and Language, and Developmental Science. Her research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation. She still occasionally plays the clarinet.