Our multidisciplinary team includes neurologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists, and neuroscientists working together to both uncover underlying deficits and unique strengths that are associated with dyslexia and to develop therapies that can avert or reverse deficits and enhance the strengths.

Neurology Investigators

  • Adam Boxer, MD, PhD, is a behavioral neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Memory and Aging Center. His expertise is in eye-tracking and neuroimaging.
  • Isabel Hubbard, PhD, is a speech and language pathologist at the Memory and Aging Center. Her research interests include aphasia treatment and recovery in stroke and neurodegenerative disease.
  • Joel Kramer, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Neurology, and Director of the Memory and Aging Center’s Neuropsychology Program and participates in the UCSF Language Clinic. His expertise is in executive functioning and attention systems.
  • Maria Luisa Mandelli, PhD, is a bioengineering researcher at the Memory and Aging Center. She is an expert in the neuroimaging of neurological disorders.
  • Zachary Miller, MD, is a behavioral neurologist at the Memory and Aging Center with expertise in language disorders in children and adults.
  • Jennifer Ogar, MS, is a speech and language pathologist at the Memory and Aging Center and at the Language Clinic. She is experienced in evaluating speech and language impairment in children and adults.
  • Kate Possin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at the Memory and Aging Center within the UCSF Department of Neurology. She develops cognitive assessment tools to support patient evaluation and monitoring, including virtual reality tests of navigation and tablet-based tools for clinical applications.
  • Katherine Rankin, PhD, is a neuropsychologist at the Memory and Aging Center. Her primary area of expertise is in personality and social behavior.
  • Howard Rosen, MD, is a behavioral neurologist at the Memory and Aging Center. His primary area of interest is in the organization of emotional systems in the brain.
  • Kevin Shapiro, MD, PhD, is a child neurologist at UCSF with specific training in linguistics and cognitive neuropsychology of language.
  • Virginia Sturm, PhD, is a psychologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Program. She is an experienced research in laboratory measurement of emotion and social behavior. She directs the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Laboratory is located in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
  • Christa Watson, PsyD, is a neuropsychologist at the Dyslexia Center. She has a background in psychology, developmental biology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Her research interests include brain development across the lifespan.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Investigators

  • Nicole Bush, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Her expertise is in adversity in early life and examining the gene x environment interaction in stress reactivity.
  • Roeland Hancock, PhD, is a researcher at LENS. He is an expert in computational modeling, psycholinguistics and neuroimaging.
  • Kaja LeWinn, ScD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. She has expertise in epidemiology, social engagement and emotion regulation issues in adolescence.
  • Keith McBurnett, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychiatry. He has extensive experience researching behavior disorders and developmental psychopathology such as ADHD, dyslexia, oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder.
  • Stephen Bent, MD, is a Professor and Research Director for the Neurodevelopmental Translational Outcomes Research Program (NTORP).
  • Linda Pfiffner, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist with clinical expertise in ADHD, disruptive behavior problems and other related learning or emotional issues in children and adolescents. She has special interests in developing and implementing interventions in the home and in schools.
  • Matthew State, MD, PhD, is world-renowned geneticist with expertise in autism, Tourette syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental syndromes. He was appointed chair of the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute in March of 2013.

Other Investigators

  • Steve Hauser, MD, is chair of Neurology at UCSF and director of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Dr. Hauser is a leader in the international effort to identify genetic causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the first physician-researcher to demonstrate a promising weapon against progressive MS.
  • Edward Chang, MD, is an Associate Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery and Physiology and the Co-Director for the Program for Neural Engineering at UC Berkeley and San Francisco. Dr. Chang specializes in brain mapping methods, such as awake speech and motor mapping.
  • John Houde, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology. He directs the Speech Neuroscience Laboratory at UC San Francisco. He has expertise in the neural substrate of speech motor control.
  • Elysa Marco, MD, Dr. Marco is a pediatric neurologist, Assistant Professor of Neurology, and Director of Research at the Autism and Neurodevelopment Program. Her research focuses on autism and sensory processing disorders.
  • Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering and directs the Neural Connectivity Laboratory. His methodological expertise is in diffusion tensor imaging to measure white matter and computational approaches, with a special interest in children and in traumatic brain injury.
  • Srikantan Nagarajan, PhD, is a Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and directs the Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory. He is an expert in computational neuroscience and magnetoencephalography (MEG). He has special interest in research related to neural mechanisms of brain plasticity, sensorimotor learning and speech motor control.


  • Esther Rah: joined the team as the Dyslexia Center clinical research coordinator in April 2017. Esther is the main adminstrative contact point for those interested in participating in research at the Dyslexia Center.
  • Ariane Welch, MSLP: joined the language team as a clinical research coordinator in 2016 and coordinates studies on primary progressive aphasia, the impact of neurodevelopmental differences on aging, and the adult program of the Dyslexia Center.
  • Stephanie Haft: is the lab manager at brainLENS in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry under the direction of Dr. Fumiko Hoeft. She is primarily involved in research efforts to understand social and emotional learning (e.g., motivation, resilience, stereotype threat) in students who struggle with learning.
  • Felicia Widjaja, MPH: is the lead coordinator for the for NTORP.
  • Kat Dang, MS: is the statistician for NTORP.
  • Tracy Warren: is the clinical coordinator for NTORP.