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.
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.
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.
Megan received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She completed her honors thesis about how parent’s emotion discussion affect Chinese immigrant children’s socio-emotional outcome with Dr. Qing Zhou. She is particularly interested in how cultural factors can affect at risk children’s socio-emotional development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kimberly Blears, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Jocelyn Caballero, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Melissa Castaneda, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Courtney Chappell, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Ryan Chu, Postbacc
Sabrina Diaz, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Priscilla Duong, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Natasha Gerber, Graduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Marta González Catalán, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Courtney Hurd, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Kewei Jiang, Undergraduate Student (UC Berkeley)
Dustin Lam, Undergraduate Student (UC Davis)
Ashley Liu, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Yanting Luo, Postbacc
Emily Mak, Postbacc
Kelsey Maki, Graduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Noelle Mathew, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Alexis Metcalfe, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Hokwun Ng, Postbacc
May Ngo, Undergraduate Student (University of San Francisco)
Mariana Olivo-Urbina, Undergraduate Student (UC Berkeley)
Natalie Oropeza, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Mercedes Palacios, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Celeste Poe, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Lorena Portillo, Undergraduate Student (San Jose State)
Taylor Stephens, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Isaac Taitz, Graduate Student (Palo Alto University)
Mia Tornel, Postbacc
Melinda Tran, Undergraduate Student (UC Davis)
Elizabeth Verduzco, Reading Specialist (LearnUp)
Michael Carter PhD (Consultant, Twin Learning LLC)
Thalia Cruzat (Undergrad, UC Berkeley)
Jaelyn Edwards (Postbacc)
Isabella Hamilton (Research Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente)
Austin Jewison (Associate, Cal Academy of Sciences)
Chloe Jones (Undergrad, Univ of San Francisco)
Vy Le (Undergrad, UC Berkeley)
Alex Lu (Research Associate, PLOS)
Alexis Metcalfe (Undergrad, Univ of San Francisco)
Justin Murtiff (Postbacc)
Kacee Ngo (Undergrad, UC Berkeley)
Linch-Chi Nguyen (TMS Tech, Palo Alto Neurofeedback )
Thuyvi Nguyen (Undergrad, UC Berkeley)
Devin Pontious (Undergrad, UC Berkeley)
Dylan Powell (Undergrad, Univ of San Francisco)
Francesca Tencza (Undergrad, Univ of San Francisco)
Lynn Yang (Undergrad, UC Berkeley)
Jessica Black, PhD (Boston College)
Francina Clayton, PhD (UCL)
Laurie E. Cutting, PhD (Vanderbilt)
Emily Farris, PhD (UT Permian Basin)
Elena Grigorenko, PhD (Yale)
Ken Pugh, PhD (Haskins)
Jay Rueckl, PhD (U Connecticut)
Robert Hendren, DO (UCSF)
Mary Luisa Gorno-Tempini, MD, PhD (UCSF)
Bruce L. Miller, MD (UCSF)
Nicole Ofiesh, PhD (CAST, Stanford Schwab Learning Center)
Bruce Pennington, PhD (U Denver)
Manuel Carreiras, PhD (BCBL)
Ioulia Kovelman, PhD (U Michigan)
Genevieve Leung PhD (USF)
Catherine McBride-Chang, PhD (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Ken Pugh, PhD (Haskins)
Linda Siegel, PhD (UBC)
Yuuko Uchikoshi, EdD (UC Davis)
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)
Janosch Linkersdoerfer, PhD (‘15-‘16 Visiting Postdoc, German Instfor Internatl Edu Research)
Kan Long, BA (‘12-‘13 Research Assitant, Boston University)
Rociel Martinez, PhD (‘09-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Supriya Molina Wunsh (‘15-‘16, Bilingual Project Manager)
Lauren Murray, Lick High School (Summer 2015)
Chelsea Myers (‘12-‘15 Lab Manager, Harvard Mind Brain and Education Masters program)
Masanori Nagamine, MD, PhD (‘08-‘09 Postdoc, Stanford University)
Myriam Oliver, PhD (‘16-‘18 Postdoc, UCSF)
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, Graduate Student, Palo Alto Univ, PGSP PhD Program; ‘15-‘17 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)