Center Leadership

Scientific Leadership

Our multidisciplinary team includes neurologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists, and neuroscientists with expertise in neurodevelopment, molecular genetics, neuroimaging, computer science, psychology, and education.

    Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD.

    Professor, Director of Neurology; Co-director, UCSF Dyslexia Center

    Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist and the Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Language & Neurobiology Laboratory at the Memory and Aging Center. Her expertise is in cognitive neurology, applying neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to understand language difficulties across the lifespan, ranging from neurological diseases to neurodevelopmental challenges and gifts. In 2014, Dr. Gorno Tempini co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center. 

    Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD,

    Professor, Psychiarty; Deputy Director, UCSF Dyslexia Center

    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. 

    Robert Hendren, DO.

    Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Director of Psychiatry, UCSF Dyslexia Center

    Robert L. Hendren, D.O., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center; and Director, Neurodevelopmental, Translational Outcomes Research Program (PRONTO). His current areas of research and publication interests are translational interventional outcomes research including clinical pharmacology, nutraceutical and nutritional trials using biomarkers (MRI, measures of inflammation, oxidative stress, immune function and pharmacogenomics) to enhance resilience in neurodevelopmental disorders.

    Bruce Miller, MD

    A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor in Neurology. Director, Memory and Aging Center. Director, Global Brain Health Institute

    Dr. Miller is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry with specialty in behavioral neurology. He is the Director of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. His clinical and research expertise are in understanding the anatomical and molecular basis of neurological diseases and neurodevelopmental differences. He has clinical and research expertise in aging and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the neurobiological basis of behavior and creativity.In 2014, He co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia center with Dr. Gorno Tempini.


    Scientific Leadership

    Executive Board

    • Honorary Chair: Gavin Newsom (Lt. Governor of California)
    • Co-Chairs: Steve Carnevale and David Evans (Charles Armstrong School Board of Trustees)
    • Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini (UCSF)
    • Robert Hendren (UCSF)
    • Fumiko Hoeft (UCSF)
    • Bruce Miller (UCSF)
    • Jessica Miller (Head of Charles Armstrong School)