Dr. Fumiko Hoeft is 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.
Olga obtained her PhD in Linguistics at the Leiden University in the Netherlands (2017). Her main interests are second language acquisition, bilingualism and neurolinguistics. Her PhD focussed on neural mechanisms and brain structures underlying individual differences in foreign language acquisition. She investigated neural correlates of the analytical component of language aptitude using fMRI, DTI and EEG.
Florence received her PhD in Cognitive Science at the Brain and Spine Institute in Paris (2017). Her main interest lies in understanding how our brains accommodate reading acquisition so well, while paradoxically writing is such a recent cultural inventions at the scale of evolution that it cannot have influenced our phylogenetic development.
Nikola received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2015 from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. His primary research interest are the brain mechanisms which allow us to learn language and process word meaning or semantics. To this end, he uses a range of techniques including non-invasive brain stimulation, M/EEG, as well as functional MRI and Diffusion-Kurtosis Imaging.
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.
Isabel received her B.A. in Science and Society from Brown University in Providence, RI and a certificate in pre-medical studies from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She is most passionate about working with children and has a particular interest in understanding the socio-historical context for contemporary health disparities in the U.S.
Ella received her B.A. in Psychology from The New School in NYC and her M.A. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is interested in the neural development of psychological disorders during early childhood and its relationship to various cognitive, socioemotional, and cultural factors.
Jocelyn received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of San Francisco. She is interested in the child’s multifaceted development in relation to the way maladaptive environments influence their neural maturation, essentially marking language as a preliminary form of brain connectivity.
Kelsey received her B.S. in Human Development from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is currently a Psy.D. Clinical Psychology student at the University of San Francisco. She is interested in the development of socio-emotional skills, and how children and their families use these skills to navigate adversity.
Safiyyah received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of San Francisco. She is interested in the neural bases for language attrition in children and its effects on memory and learning.
Austin received his B.S. in Neuroscience from University of California Los Angeles in 2015. He has a fascination with language learning, and can speak Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean. His research interests focus on language development in the brains of young children and understanding the underlying mechanisms for processing differing writing systems.
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.
Dr. Sapozhnikova received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from UC Berkeley, where she studied genetic, behavioral and neurological correlates of emotional functioning as well as the impact of neurodegenerative diseases on marriage. Dr. Sapozhnikova completed her clinical internship at the San Francisco VA and her postdoctoral training at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.
Christina received her M.S. degree in psychology from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. She is a graduate student in the Medical/Clinical Psychology program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with a focus on neuropsychology. Her research is developing techniques to visualize neuroinflammatory and immune processes in patients with various autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography with novel radioligands.
Nikki is a rising junior at The Harker Upper School in San Jose, California. Over the past few years, she has been introduced to and has developed a keen interest in biological fields, including genetics, neuroscience, and computational biology, which she aspires to pursue in college.
Chloe received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco with a minor in Neuroscience and Child and Youth Studies. She is interested in child psychopathology and the interplay between the biological and environmental conditions that impact cognitive development.
Luxi received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University. Her Ph.D. focused on reading education as well as quantitative methodology. She is interested in literacy acquisition at early and middle childhood, measurement and intervention of children with reading disabilities, and teacher education of literacy knowledge and assessments.
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.
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.
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.
Zhichao received his B.S. in Psychology from Qingdao University. He received his Ph.D. 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.
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.
Rebecca received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan in the Combined Program in Education & Psychology. Her research focuses on the neural correlates of single-word reading development in monolingual and bilingual children.
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