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Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
401 Parnassus Ave, Box 0984
San Francisco, CA 94143

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Fumiko Hoeft
Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
401 Parnassus Ave, Room A316
San Francisco, CA 94143

(415) 476-9861

We are located on the Parnassus Avenue UCSF campus, on the first floor of Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute.

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Street parking is available within a couple blocks if parking less than 2 hours. Parking is also available in the parking structures across the street from Langley Porter, along Parnassus Avenue and within a block from our building. Parking in these structures, however, is rather expensive, with daily rates ranging from $22-28.

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The Team
Director
Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft is Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of BrainLENS at UCSF. She is a psychiatrist and developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and trained at institutions including, Keio Univ (Tokyo), Harvard, Caltech and Stanford. She is interested in using machine learning algorithms, graph theoretical analysis and multimodal neuroimaging techniques to understand how the brain develops and functions, particularly in healthy children, in those with learning differences (dyslexia), socio-emotional challenges and with gifts & talents. For some of Dr. Hoeft’s research interest, please see Current Research. Dr. Hoeft is also Scientific Advisor to the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) and holds positions at Yale University’s Haskins Laboratory, Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR), and Keio University’s Department of Neuropsychiatry.

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Assistant Professor
Roeland Hancock

Roeland has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Arizona and B.S. in mathematics. He is interested in the neurobiological factors underlying individual variability in language processing and the application of new mathematical and computational techniques to understanding these processes. Roeland is currently Associate Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at UCONN.



Postdoctoral Scholar
Myriam Oliver

Myriam Oliver obtained her PhD in Neuroscience of Language at the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in Spain (2016). The main aim of her research is to understand how reading modulates structurally and functionally the neural networks in healthy bilinguals’ and monolinguals adults and in language disorders such as dyslexia.



Postdoctoral Scholar
Cheng Wang

Cheng received her B.S. in Psychology from East China Normal University and did her M.S. in Social Neuroscience in Peking University. She then attained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is interested in neural and genetic mechanisms underlying reading and language processes, as well as intergenerational transmission patterns in reading and emotional regulation.



Lab Manager
Stephanie Haft

Stephanie received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. She is interested in the interactive aspects of environment, biology, and socioemotional characteristics that lead to maladaptive outcomes in some children and resilience in others.



Bilingual Project Manager
Leo Zekelman

Leo Zekelman received her B.A. in Cognitive Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She is interested in the interconnectedness of the brain especially in regards to language.  She wants to know how the bilingual neural network of children interacts with the development of their reading neural network.



Precision Learning Center Coordinator
Angie Bi

Angela received her B.A. in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She is interested in how the neural correlates of the income achievement gap interact with the neurobiological processes of learning and memory, as well as the social implications of this relationship.



Graduate Student
Priscilla Duong

Priscilla received her B.S. in Biology from UC Irvine.  She is currently a Ph.D. Clinical Psychology student at Palo Alto University (Pacific Graduate School of Psychology).  Her emphasis is in pediatric neuropsychology, and she is interested in developmental risks and protective factors that impact cognition.



Graduate Student
Zhichao Xia

Zhichao received his B.S. in Psychology from Qingdao University. Now he is a Ph.D. candidate in Basic Psychology at Beijing Normal University. His recent work focuses on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanism underlying reading development and factors impairing it.



Graduate Student
Oliver Sawi

Oliver received his B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University. He is currently a Ph.D. Student in Psychology, Neurobiology of Language at the University of Connecticut. His work focuses on the development of cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying reading, particularly in bilingualism and biliteracy, and the application to education.



Associate Professor
Yuuko Uchikoshi

Yuuko received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan. She then attained her M.S. in Linguistics at Georgetown University and her Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University. She is an award winning developmental researcher and associate professor at UC Davis.
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Assistant Professor
Genevieve Leung

Genevieve Leung is an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Language at the University of San Francisco.  She received a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.  She also has two M.A. degrees in Linguistics (TESOL) and Education (Language and Literacy) from U.C. Davis. and a B.A. in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley.  Her research includes Hoisan-wa (Toisanese) and Cantonese language and cultural maintenance in the Bay Area.



Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Hiroko Tanaka

Hiroko is a pediatric neuropsychologist. She completed her internship at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University.  Subsequently, she completed her fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta / Emory University. Her interests are in helping and advocating for vulnerable children to achieve their maximum potential.



Bilingual Project Manager
Supriya Molina Wunsh

Supriya Molina Wunsh received her BA and MA in Psychology from Stanford University. She then earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. After practicing housing law for ten years, she is now returning to her Psychology roots to work on the bilingual project.



Associate Research Scientist
Janosch Linkersdoerfer

Janosch received his graduate degree in psychology from the University of Göttingen and his PhD in psychology from the Goethe-University Frankfurt. He is a member of the German Institute for International Educational Research. Janosch’s main research interests are the development of cognitive and neural systems underlying reading and mathematics and their dysfunction in children with learning disabilities (dyslexia; dyscalculia).



Associate Research Scientist
Maaike Vandermosten

Maaike Vandermosten obtained a joint PhD in Psychology and Educational Sciences and Biomedical Sciences (2012) at the University of Leuven (Belgium). Maaike is interested in developmental neuroscience, with a specific focus on reading, language and auditory processing. Maaike is affiliated to KU Leuven and appointed as a visiting scholar to the University of San Francisco, University of Maastricht and University of Geneva.



Research Affiliate
Chelsea Myers

Chelsea Myers received her B.S. in Biology at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.  In general her work focuses on pursuing integrative approaches to disentangle the biological, external, and internal factors that lead some people to succeed and some to develop difficulties. She is committed to evidence-based interventions to improve the lives of those with impairments, such as learning disabilities.



Associate Research Scientist
Smadar Patael

Smadar received her B.A. in communication disorders from Tel Aviv University, and did her M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Smadar’s research focuses on the cognitive and neurological aspects of language disorders and language creativity.





Partners
Bay Area Discovery Museum & Center for Childhood Creativity
The mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM; Sausalito, CA) is to ignite and advance creative thinking for children. Situatied within the museum, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) bridges the gap between academic research in the fields of neuroscience, education, psychology, and creativity studies with the practitioners charged with raising a generation of future innovators. BADM, the CCC, and brainLENS collaborate on a number of workshops, white papers, and other outreach events.
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Charles Armstrong School
The Charles Armstrong School, located in Belmont, California, is an independent, non-profit, co-educational lower and middle day school specializing in teaching students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. The Armstrong School has a history of collaboration with the UCSF Dyslexia Center - Steve Carnevale and David Evans, UCSF Dyslexia Center Board Co-Chairs are past presidents of the Charles Armstrong School Board and Jessica Miller, head of the school is also on the Dyslexia Center Board.
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Chartwell School
Chartwell School is a full K-12 program designed to empower students with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia. Chartwell partners with UCSF brainLENS on several socio-emotional projects.
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Children's Health Council
Believing in the promise and potential of every child and teen, CHC specializes in ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism. brainLENS and CHC partner on socio-emotional projects.
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Eye to Eye
Eye to Eye manages a network of mentoring programs that pairs LD/ADHD elementary and middle school students with similarly identified college and high school students. The partnership between Eye to Eye and brainLENS, funded by the Oak Foundation, will spark an initiative for rigorous and nation-wide evaluation of the effect of one-to-one mentoring on social and emotional learning in LD adolescents in 50 chapters spanning 20 states.
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Kildonan School
The Kildonan School is a private coeducational boarding and day school in Amenia, New York offering daily one-to-one Orton-Gillingham language remediation and a college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 2-12 and PG. The Kildonan School partners with brainLENS through talks, workshops, and socio-emotional surveys.
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Nueva School
The Nueva School is a private school, with two campuses, one in Hillsborough, and one in San Mateo, California, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Nueva and brainLENS collaborate on the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, which provides meaningful resources and inspiring direction for educators, researchers, parents, students, and others.
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Parent Education Network
Parents Education Network (PEN) is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.
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UniSkript Research & Literacy Institute
LENS has teamed up with UniSkript Research & Literacy Institute (URLI; uniskript.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literacy through a new linguistic and literacy technology known as UniSkript. UniSkript enables functional literacy in illiterates in three to six hours and fluency in days.
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Collaborators

Neuropsych Research Assistants

Haley Aaron, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Sure Barrens, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Michelle Berumen, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Melissa Chen, Graduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Maggie Del Cid, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Priscilla Duong, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Lih Seng Goh, Postgraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Courtney Hurd, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Kewei Jiang, Undergraduate Student (UC Berkeley)
Kammy Kwok, M.S., Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Dustin Lam, Undergraduate Student (UC Davis)
Ashley Liu, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Annika Miyamoto, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Danielle Nelson, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
May Ngo, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Lorena Portillo, Undergraduate Student (San Jose State)
Jimena Tejada Jimenez, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Mark Thiele, Graduate Student (UC Davis)
Tracy Vargo, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)


Alumni

Jessica Black, PhD (‘08-‘10 Postdoc, Stanford University, currently Assist Prof at Boston College)
Emily Dennis, PhD (‘06-‘07 Undergraduate RA, Whitman College)
Miro Drahos, MS (’12-’13 Research Engineer)
Emily Farris, PhD (‘12-‘13 Postdoc, currently Assis Prof at UT Permian Basin Psychology)
Haley Friesch, Bowdoin College (Summer 2016)
Alexander Gantman, PsyD (‘05-‘08 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Naoki Hashimoto, PhD (’14-’14 Visiting Scientist, Japan)
Joshua Heitzmann, PhD (‘06-‘09 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Candy Ho, PsyD (‘05-‘08 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Hadi Hosseini, PhD (‘11 Senior Postdoc, Stanford)
Lisa Hoyman, MS (’14-’15 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Marina Kaminetskaya (’12-’14 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Nobuhisa Kobayashi, MD, PhD (‘06-‘07 Postdoc, Stanford University)
Kaori Koshiishi, MD, PhD (‘05-‘06 Stanford Visiting Scientist)
Samika Kumar, UC Berkeley (Summer 2015 and 2016)
Emily Kutner, PhD (‘11-‘14 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD Program)
Kan Long, BA (‘12-‘13 Research Assitant, Boston University)
Rociel Martinez, PhD (‘09-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Lauren Murray, Lick High School (Summer 2015)
Masanori Nagamine, MD, PhD (‘08-‘09 Postdoc, Stanford University)
Ruriko Otsuka MD (‘17 Visiting Resident of Keio University Japan)
Geneva Pohl, Urban School (Summer 2015)
Stuart Red, PhD (‘08-‘09 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Meera Santhanam, Nueva High School (Summer 2016)
Carolyn Sawyer, MD (’10 Medical Student, UCSF)
Joshua Silva-Roland, UC Santa Cruz (Summer 2015)
Vanessa Singh, PhD (’15 Postdoc, UCSF, currently at Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience)
Crystine Serrone, MS (‘09-‘11 Graduate Student, San Jose State University)
Teresa Soriano, MA (’11-’14, Research Assistant)
Leanne Stanley, PhD (‘08-‘11 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Akari Shwin, MD (’13-’14, Medical Student Research Intern)
Lisa Sugiura, PhD (‘06-‘07 Visiting Scientist, Stanford University)
Natalie Tamburello, MA (‘11 Undergraduate RA, Whitman College)
Hiroko Tanaka, PhD (‘07-‘12, ‘15-‘16 Pediatric Neuropsychologist)
Alexandra Thurston, PhD (‘08-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto Univ, PGSP PhD program)
Mandeep Tumber (‘09-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Moe Phyu Tun, PhD (’09 Medical Student, Des Moines University)
Ariana Vargas, UC Berkeley (Summer 2015)
Cheng Wang, PhD (’14-’16 Postdoc)
Bun Yamagata, MD, PhD (‘10-‘12 Postdoc, Stanford University)
Nahal Zakerani, PhD (‘07-‘10 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)