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With offices at both University of Connecticut and University of California, San Francisco, we combine cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research methods with a deep passion for maximizing children’s potential and academic achievement. 

We integrate the latest brain imaging techniques, genetic analysis, and computational approaches to examine the processes of learning, including acquisition of skills, such as reading, socio-emotional processing, motivation and resilience. 

We are firm believers in the importance of outreach and community and aim to share the love of neuroscience with children of all ages, rapidly translate research findings to practice, and collaborate with teachers, clinicians, and families.


Family Brain Program

The Family Brain Intergenerational Neuroimaging project at UCSF and UConn tests a novel and fundamental question that has not been addressed before: “Are human brain circuitries similar in parent-offspring pairs, and if so does it result from a heritable process, pre or postnatal environment, or as a complex interaction between these processes?”


Learning Success

The UCSF Learning Success Program is an exciting opportunity to stay up-to-date with your child's academic (reading and math) and cognitive (self-control, attention, memory) skills, which are critical to future success, every year for three years from Kindergarten.


We feel that it is imperative to translate insights from the laboratory to educational practice and theory. Some examples of our research include:

Early identification & personalized education. Development of a comprehensive school-readiness app for reading, math, executive function, character traits and creativity.

Development of neuroimaging-based models to predict learning profiles and risk for developing disorders before they can be identified using conventional methods.

Genes to cognition. Research to understand auditory processing, dyslexia & related disabilities using a comprehensive approach from genes, neurochemicals, oscillations, connectomes, to cognition.

How do we inherit brain networks, cognitive and character traits? Research on intergenerational transmission patterns using a natural cross-fostering design, genetics, and imaging.

Identification of novel subtypes of and examination of relative strength of dyslexia using data-driven approaches.

Innovative growth charts for brain networks. Brain version of those for height & weight received from a pediatrician’s office. Collaboration with 20+ sites.

Neuroscience of internal environment such as grit, motivation, mindset, and resilience.


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