Participate in a Study

Research studies currently recruiting participants are listed below.


Precision Learning (PrecL) Center

The Preciscion Learning Center (PrecL Center) is a new, innovative and cross-disciplinary ‘Precision Ed-Health’ center that started in 2017. PrecL consists of faculty and students from 6 UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, LA, Merced, SF) and Standord, with experts in medicine, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, statistics, education, bilingualism, and policy. 
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.


Family Brain Program

You know where your eye color and height came from, but do you wonder where your reading and language abilities came from? How are we shaped by our genes, environment and the complex interplay between them? Our research team at the University of California, San Francisco and University of Connecticut is tackling this problem for the first time using the latest, non-invasive neuroscience approaches. This program helps scientists disentangle genetic, prenatal, and postnatal environmental influences in brain networks underlying cognitive processes. Ultimately, this research will help us understand how we become the way we are.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about the cognitive traits of you, your partner, and your children, while helping to study some of the most intriguing mysteries of the human brain.

We are inviting families with a child born through assistive reproductive technology (ART) or natural conception (ages 5-12) to join a program that offers comprehensive information about their child’s cognitive abilities and a brain scan at no cost. Your participation will also help families by advancing scientific understanding of the effects of nature and nurture on cognitive, linguistic, emotional and academic development. Click to participate:


Learning Success Program

We began a large-scale neuroimaging study in 2015 looking at how children learning two (or more) languages learn to read from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Our efforts include Spanish and Chinese speakers learning to read in English and their native languages and English speakers learning to read in English. The goal of this project is to test and evaluate models of literacy acquisition. In addition, we study the impact that learning multiple languages may have on cognition, socio-emotional skills and creativity.


UCSF Dyslexia Center

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

Learn about opportunities to participate in research to help improve diagnosis and tools for people with dyslexia by clicking the link below.


Adult Reading Strategies Program

This research aims to examine the unique neural circuitries and cognitive processes involved when individuals with a history of poor reading learn to compensate so we can help all readers, good or bad, ultimately learn to read better. With cutting-edge and multiple neuroimaging techniques, we can now uncover the flexibility and resilience of adult brains with dyslexia.

This program, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), is looking for young adults of ages 18-30 both with and without histories of dyslexia.