Language

People primarily focused on studying speech and language.

Robin Irey

Reading Education Specialist

Stephanie Kwan

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Stephanie was born and raised in Hong Kong. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Science and Linguistics. At the Memory and Aging Center, she coordinates visits for Chinese-speaking participants. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in speech language pathology in the near future. 

Brittany Morin

Data Analyst

Brittany is a data analyst assisting Dr. Jet Vonk in research on primary progressive aphasia and neurolinguistics. She received her Master of Science degree in health data science from the University of New Hampshire. Previously, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Before transitioning to tech, she worked with at-risk youth, special needs and pre-k children.

Monica Zegers Larrain

Postdoctoral Scholar

Mónica Zegers is a postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She obtained a BA degree in Psychology and a professional degree in Clinical Psychology at Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. She earned her MA and PhD degrees in Human Development and Education at UC Berkeley.

Aya Williams

Postdoctoral Scholar

Aya Williams is a clinical psychologist and a postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She is passionate about research on bilingualism and using language as a tool to understand, manage and communicate emotions. She also provides clinical services to families at the Dyslexia Center in collaboration with the Intensive Family Therapy Program. She received her BA degree in Linguistics and Psychology at Stanford University and her PhD degree in Clinical Psychology at UC Berkeley.

Janhavi Pillai

Imaging Data Assistant

Janhavi Pillai is an imaging data assistant at the ALBA Lab. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA degree in Cognitive Science and a minor in Data Science. Janhavi has previously worked as a research assistant at the UCSF Kheirbek Lab, where she examined and compared the roles of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus and ventral hippocampus in fear and anxiety behaviors.

Mariah Pospisil

Learning Interventions Applied Research Manager

Mariah L. Pospisil, MEd, is a lifelong educator and advocate for students with dyslexia. After receiving her AB degree in Psychology from Harvard College, Mariah earned her teaching credential and Master of Education as an Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate from Notre Dame de Namur University. As a teacher, instructional coach, and school leader, Mariah focused on implementing instructional and social-emotional interventions to support students with dyslexia throughout their K–12 educational journeys.

Sharon Sanhotra

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Heather Elgin

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

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