Get Involved
One of the best resources we have to fuel our research comes from the generous and visionary support of people like you – people who share our quest to improve the quality of learning for children. There are many ways to get involved, whether it be in the form of giving, research participation, or working in the lab!
Research Participation
Science-based Innovation in Learning Center (SILC)

Science-based Innovation in Learning Center (SILC) is a new, innovative and cross-disciplinary ‘Precision Ed-Health’ center that started on 01.01.2017. Our central mission is to tackle issues associated with education and health disparity with a particular emphasis on underrepresented populations, through high quality services, training, advocacy and research programs. The ultimate goal is to provide the best educational and health outcomes for ALL children regardless of their background.

We are looking to partner with schools, school districts, or other community organizations who work with children grades K-2 of lower socio-economic status or who are English Language Learners (ELLs). If you are interested in partnering with us on this exciting, important, and innovative mission, click the email link below:

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Intergenerational Neuroimaging

This innovative study tests a novel and fundamental question that has not been addressed before: “Are human brain circuitries similar in parent-offspring dyads, and if so does it result from a heritable process, pre or postnatal environment, or as a complex interaction between these processes?” We believe that answering this question will provide us with essential information about the evolutionary basis of the human brain, pathophysiology of brain-based diseases and clues to developing early and preventive interventions of these diseases.

We are inviting biological (regular) families, IVF families and adoptive families to participate in brain scans and paper pencil tests. Click to participate:

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Bilingual Program

We are currently offering an exciting and limited opportunity at no cost for families with incoming kindergarteners. If your child is eligible, we will monitor progress of your child’s language, cognitive and motivational skills in detail every year from kindergarten to third grade, and provide information about strategies to (and in some cases tools that may) strengthen them. We are offering this opportunity for children who are planning to go to SFUSD Spanish or Cantonese immersion programs (or General Ed English programs). More broadly, we hope that the findings from this study will be helpful in planning better instruction for bilingual children.

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UCSF Dyslexia Program

The mission of the UCSF Dyslexia Program is to eliminate the debilitating effects of developmental dyslexia while preserving and even enhancing the relative strengths of each individual. In addition, we aim to develop best practice protocols to implement individually catered interventions in classrooms throughout the country.

Learn about opportunities to participate in research to help improve diagnosis and tools for people with dyslexia.

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Postdoctoral Scholars & Research Scientists

We are seeking to hire qualified postdoctoral scholars for work in our laboratory. Candidates with strong technical and neuroimaging skills are encouraged to apply. Please click below to read more of the responsibilities and qualifications of the position(s) open.

Interested candidates should email with “[Postdoc job]” and the applicant’s full name in the subject of the email, with (1) a current CV, (b) a one-page cover letter describing qualifications, interest, and career goals, and (c) a list of 3 potential referees with their contact information attached.

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Intern Assessors (Part-Time; Weekdays)

We are hiring intern neuropsychological testers to conduct assessments in Fall 2017 with children as part of our Precision Learning Center. The position would include traveling to schools and administering/scoring assessments about 8-16 hours/week, starting in August 2017 for training. Candidates with Spanish (or Cantonese) fluency are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should view the full qualifications and description below, and send a CV and a cover letter outlining your interests to with “[Your Name] PrecL Intern Tester Application” in the subject line.

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Bilingual Neuropsychological Assessors (Part Time; Weekends)

We are hiring neuropsychological testers to conduct assessments in Fall 2017 with children as part of our UCSF Learning Success Program. The position would include administering/scoring assessments on weekends, starting in September 2017. Candidates must have Cantonese or Spanish fluency to apply.

Interested candidates should view the full qualifications and description below, and send a CV to with “[Your Name] Bilingual Tester Application” in the subject line.

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Volunteer Internship

We are interested in offering long-term, unpaid internships to qualified individuals with backgrounds in psychology, biology, statistics, or other related fields. Applicants must be self-motivated, have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.

Please email resume and cover letter with ‘UCSF Internship’ in the subject line and include your full name in the Subject of the email.

We are no longer accepting summer internship applications for Summer 2017.

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