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Fumiko Hoeft

University of Connecticut; University of California San Francisco
Professor & Director
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD, is a professor of psychological sciences, psychiatry and neuroscience, and director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and professor of psychiatry, Weill Institute for Neurosciences and Dyslexia Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Hoeft is a clinician and neuroscientist researching the mechanisms of reading development and dyslexia. She is also engaged in translational programs focused on the science of resilience, compensation, and socio-emotional competency, as well as developing and validating edtech tools such as APPRISE, which assesses school readiness and dyslexia risk (APPRISEproject.org), and Socio-Emotional Toolkit, which assesses socio-emotional competencies in those with learning challenges. Hoeft received research training at Harvard, UCLA, Caltech, and Stanford, and previously held faculty positions at Stanford and UCSF. Recent honors include awards from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA; 2014), Learning & the Brain Foundation (2015), International Mind, Brain & Education Society (IMBES; 2018), and Society for Neuroscience (SfN; 2018). She has published over 130 articles and has delivered over 160 keynotes, talks, and workshops at venues such as local schools, international conferences, TEDx, and the White House. Her work has been widely covered in media such as The New York Times, NPR, CNN, the New Yorker, and Scientific American. She also serves on many boards at organizations such as the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).