The Team

BrainLENS maintains two research labs at UConn and UCSF,

 

Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD

Lab Director

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Director of BrainLENS at UConn and UCSF, and the Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at UConn. She is a psychiatrist and developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and trained at institutions including, Keio Univ (Tokyo), Harvard, Caltech and Stanford.

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Robert Hendren, D.O.

Lab Co-Director at BrainLENS UCSF

Olga Kepinska, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar at BrainLENS UCSF

Nikola Vukovic, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar at BrainLENS UCSF

Florence Bouhali, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar at BrainLENS UCSF

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Cheng Wang, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar at BrainLENS UCSF

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Navita Choudhary, Ph.D.

Lab Manager at UConn

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Airey Lau, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar at BrainLENS UConn

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Silvia Clement-Lam

Postdoctoral Scholar at BrainLENS UConn

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Chloe Jones, B.A.

TMS Project Coordinator, BrainLENS UConn

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Luxi Feng, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar at BrainLENS UConn

Matthew Davis, B.S.

Lab Manager, BrainLENS UCSF

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Jocelyn Caballero, B.A.

Bilingual Project Manager at UCSF

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Kelsey Maki, B.S.

Neuropsychological Assessment Lead UCSF

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Hehui Li, B.S.

Visiting Graduate Student

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Olivia Belman, B.A.

Family Brain Project Coordinator, UCSF

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Anna Sapozhnikova, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

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Dennis Wu, B.S.

Family Brain Project Coordinator, UConn

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Oliver Sawi, B.A.

Graduate Student

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Stephanie Gee, B.S.

Bilingual Project Research Assistant

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Elizabeth Collin, B.A.

Research Associate, BrainLENS UConn

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Rebecca Marks, M.S.

Graduate Student

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Stephanie Haft, B.A.

Socio-Emotional Project Manager

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Austin Jewison, B.S.

Bilingual Project Research Assistant

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Jieyin Feng

Graduate Student at UConn

 

Our Partners

 
Bay Area Discovery Museum & Center for Childhood Creativity   The mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM; Sausalito, CA) is to ignite and advance creative thinking for children. Situatied within the museum, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) bridges the gap between academic research in the fields of neuroscience, education, psychology, and creativity studies with the practitioners charged with raising a generation of future innovators. BADM, the CCC, and brainLENS collaborate on a number of workshops, white papers, and other outreach events.

Bay Area Discovery Museum & Center for Childhood Creativity

The mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM; Sausalito, CA) is to ignite and advance creative thinking for children. Situatied within the museum, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) bridges the gap between academic research in the fields of neuroscience, education, psychology, and creativity studies with the practitioners charged with raising a generation of future innovators. BADM, the CCC, and brainLENS collaborate on a number of workshops, white papers, and other outreach events.

Children's Health Council / Sand Hill School   Believing in the promise and potential of every child and teen, CHC specializes in ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism. brainLENS and CHC/Sand Hill partner on socio-emotional projects.

Children's Health Council / Sand Hill School

Believing in the promise and potential of every child and teen, CHC specializes in ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism. brainLENS and CHC/Sand Hill partner on socio-emotional projects.

Kildonan School   The Kildonan School is a private coeducational boarding and day school in Amenia, New York offering daily one-to-one Orton-Gillingham language remediation and a college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 2-12 and PG. The Kildonan School partners with brainLENS through talks, workshops, and socio-emotional surveys.

Kildonan School

The Kildonan School is a private coeducational boarding and day school in Amenia, New York offering daily one-to-one Orton-Gillingham language remediation and a college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 2-12 and PG. The Kildonan School partners with brainLENS through talks, workshops, and socio-emotional surveys.

Synapse School   Synapse School combines social-emotional learning, leading-edge academics, and the practice of innovation to develop gifted learners into the change makers of tomorrow. Synapse and brainLENS partner on SEL projects.

Synapse School

Synapse School combines social-emotional learning, leading-edge academics, and the practice of innovation to develop gifted learners into the change makers of tomorrow. Synapse and brainLENS partner on SEL projects.

Chartwell School   Chartwell School is a full K-12 program designed to empower students with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia. Chartwell partners with UCSF brainLENS on several socio-emotional projects.

Chartwell School

Chartwell School is a full K-12 program designed to empower students with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia. Chartwell partners with UCSF brainLENS on several socio-emotional projects.

Eye to Eye   Eye to Eye manages a network of mentoring programs that pairs LD/ADHD elementary and middle school students with similarly identified college and high school students. The partnership between Eye to Eye and brainLENS, funded by the Oak Foundation, will spark an initiative for rigorous and nation-wide evaluation of the effect of one-to-one mentoring on social and emotional learning in LD adolescents in 50 chapters spanning 20 states.

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye manages a network of mentoring programs that pairs LD/ADHD elementary and middle school students with similarly identified college and high school students. The partnership between Eye to Eye and brainLENS, funded by the Oak Foundation, will spark an initiative for rigorous and nation-wide evaluation of the effect of one-to-one mentoring on social and emotional learning in LD adolescents in 50 chapters spanning 20 states.

Stanford Schwab Learning Center   The Schwab Learning Center (SLC) is part of the Student Affairs department at Stanford University, and focuses on student strengths and innovative tools to address student needs. SLC is designed to reflect current priorities in the fields of Dyslexia, ADHD, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and research on the neuroscience of learning.

Stanford Schwab Learning Center

The Schwab Learning Center (SLC) is part of the Student Affairs department at Stanford University, and focuses on student strengths and innovative tools to address student needs. SLC is designed to reflect current priorities in the fields of Dyslexia, ADHD, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and research on the neuroscience of learning.

Charles Armstrong School   The Charles Armstrong School, located in Belmont, California, is an independent, non-profit, co-educational lower and middle day school specializing in teaching students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. The Armstrong School has a history of collaboration with the UCSF Dyslexia Center - Steve Carnevale and David Evans, UCSF Dyslexia Center Board Co-Chairs are past presidents of the Charles Armstrong School Board and Jessica Miller, head of the school is also on the Dyslexia Center Board.

Charles Armstrong School

The Charles Armstrong School, located in Belmont, California, is an independent, non-profit, co-educational lower and middle day school specializing in teaching students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. The Armstrong School has a history of collaboration with the UCSF Dyslexia Center - Steve Carnevale and David Evans, UCSF Dyslexia Center Board Co-Chairs are past presidents of the Charles Armstrong School Board and Jessica Miller, head of the school is also on the Dyslexia Center Board.

Nueva School   The Nueva School is a private school, with two campuses, one in Hillsborough, and one in San Mateo, California, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Nueva and brainLENS collaborate on the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, which provides meaningful resources and inspiring direction for educators, researchers, parents, students, and others.

Nueva School

The Nueva School is a private school, with two campuses, one in Hillsborough, and one in San Mateo, California, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Nueva and brainLENS collaborate on the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, which provides meaningful resources and inspiring direction for educators, researchers, parents, students, and others.

Parents Education Network   Parents Education Network (PEN) is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.

Parents Education Network

Parents Education Network (PEN) is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.


 

Lab Alumni

Safiyyah Bachar (‘18-’19 MRI Staff for Learning Success Program)
Mollie Bayda (‘12-’14 volunteer, now a Ph.D. student in Psychology at UCLA)
Jessica Black
, PhD (‘08-‘10 Postdoc, Stanford University, currently Assist Prof at Boston College)
Melissa Castaneda (Undergraduate Volunteer, University of San Francisco)
Tiffany Chen, Pomona College (Intern Summer 2018)
Ryan Chu (Postbacc)
Megan Chung (‘17-‘18, Precision Learning Center Coordinator)
Emily Dennis, PhD (‘06-‘07 Undergraduate RA, Whitman College)
Miro Drahos, MS (’12-’13 Research Engineer)
Priscilla Duong (‘14 -‘18 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD Program)
Emily Farris, PhD (‘12-‘13 Postdoc, currently Assis Prof at UT Permian Basin Psychology)
Haley Friesch, Bowdoin College (Summer 2016)
Alexander Gantman, PsyD (‘05-‘08 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Roeland Hancock (’13 - ’17 Postdoc, UCSF, currently Assistant Professor at UConn)
Naoki Hashimoto, PhD (’14-’14 Visiting Scientist, Japan)
Joshua Heitzmann, PhD (‘06-‘09 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Candy Ho, PsyD (‘05-‘08 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Hadi Hosseini, PhD (‘11 Senior Postdoc, Stanford)
Lisa Hoyman, MS (’14-’15 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Marina Kaminetskaya (’12-’14 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Nobuhisa Kobayashi, MD, PhD (‘06-‘07 Postdoc, Stanford University)
Kaori Koshiishi, MD, PhD (‘05-‘06 Stanford Visiting Scientist)
Samika Kumar, UC Berkeley (Summer 2015 and 2016)
Emily Kutner, PhD (‘11-‘14 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD Program)
Chloe LeBlanc, U Michigan (Intern, Summer 2018)
Janosch Linkersdoerfer, PhD (‘15-‘16 Visiting Postdoc, German Inst for Internatl Edu Research)
Kan Long, BA (‘12-‘13 Research Assitant, Boston University)
Rociel Martinez, PhD (‘09-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Alexis Metcalfe (Undergraduate Volunteer, University of San Francisco)
Supriya Molina Wunsh (‘15-‘16, Bilingual Project Manager)
Christina Mueller (2018, Visiting Graduate Student)
Lauren Murray, Lick High School (Summer 2015)
Chelsea Myers (‘12-‘15 Lab Manager, Harvard Mind Brain and Education Masters program)
Masanori Nagamine, MD, PhD (‘08-‘09 Postdoc, Stanford University)
Myriam Oliver, PhD (‘16-‘18 Postdoc, UCSF)
Natalie Oropeza (Graduate Student, Palo Alto University)
Ruriko Otsuka MD (‘17 Visiting Resident of Keio University Japan)
Geneva Pohl, Urban School (Summer 2015)
Lorena Portillo (Undergraduate Volunteer, San Jose State)
Ella-Marie Pyle, MA (‘17'-’19 Family Brain Project Coordinator, UCSF)
Stuart Red, PhD (‘08-‘09 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Meera Santhanam, Nueva High School (Summer 2016)
Carolyn Sawyer, MD (’10 Medical Student, UCSF)
Joshua Silva-Roland, UC Santa Cruz (Summer 2015)
Vanessa Singh, PhD (’15 Postdoc, UCSF, currently at Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience)
Crystine Serrone, MS (‘09-‘11 Graduate Student, San Jose State University)
Teresa Soriano, MA (’11-’14, Research Assistant)
Nikki Solanki (‘18, Summer Intern)
Leanne Stanley, PhD (‘08-‘11 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Akari Shwin, MD (’13-’14, Medical Student Research Intern)
Isabel Sunshine, BA (‘18 Lab Manager and PrecL Associate)
Lisa Sugiura, PhD (‘06-‘07 Visiting Scientist, Stanford University)
Isaac Taitz (Graduate Student, Palo Alto University)
Natalie Tamburello, MA (‘11 Undergraduate RA, Whitman College)
Hiroko Tanaka, PhD (‘07-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto Univ, PGSP PhD Program; ‘15-‘17 Pediatric Neuropsychologist)
Alexandra Thurston, PhD (‘08-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto Univ, PGSP PhD program)
Melinda Tran (Undergraduate Volunteer, UC Davis)
Mandeep Tumber (‘09-‘12, Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Moe Phyu Tun, PhD (’09 Medical Student, Des Moines University)
Ariana Vargas, UC Berkeley (Summer 2015)
Cheng Wang, PhD (’14-’16 Postdoc)
Bun Yamagata, MD, PhD (‘10-‘12 Postdoc, Stanford University)
Nahal Zakerani, PhD (‘07-‘10 Graduate Student, Palo Alto University, PGSP PhD program)
Leo Zekelman (‘17-‘18 Bilingual Project Manager)