People primarily focused on studying speech and language.

Lisa Wauters

Lisa Wauters

Speech Pathologist

Lisa works as a research speech-language pathologist at the MAC. She earned her BA degree in English with a minor in Linguistics from Boston University in 2009 and her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from UT Austin in 2016. She has practiced speech pathology in a variety of settings, including a rehab hospital, home health and private practice. Her primary areas of research include assessment and treatment of aphasia and cognitive-communication disorders associated with stroke, neurodegenerative disease and traumatic brain injury.

Regina Juarez

Field Research Supervisor

Regina is a member of the ALBA Language Neurobiology Laboratory at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Erica Gutmann, MS, SLP

Research Speech-Language Pathologist

Erica is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She has a BS degree in Human Development from UC Davis and an MS degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Erica has worked with students with language-based learning disorders in both outpatient and school settings. Her research interests in developmental language and reading disorders are at the intersection of neurocognition, education, and clinical practice.

David Rosado-Rolon

Research Assistant

David Rosado is a Staff Research Associate in the ALBA Lab with Dr. Jet Vonk

Hiu Fung Chan, MS

International Research Manager

Grounded in science – inspired by compassion. 

Kammy is a nationally certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in South Korea. She earned her Master of Science (MSc) degree from Yonsei University and completed her clinical training at Severance Hospital in Seoul.

In 2019, Kammy was honored with the Fulbright Research Scholar Award, during which she contributed to impactful research at UCSF.

Julienne Mamuyac

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Ellie Carpenter

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator, Dyslexia Center

Originally from Austin, Ellie graduated from the University of San Francisco with her BA degree in psychology in 2023. At the University of San Francisco, Ellie was a research assistant in the Learning and Memory Lab where she studied thought suppression and the rebound effect. She was also a research assistant in the Social Cognition Lab studying moral outrage in virtual settings. 

Dolce Martin-Moreno

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from Sonoma County, Dolce attended college at UCLA, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. While at UCLA, Dolce was a research assistant at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, studying the effects of behavioral therapy on children with autism spectrum disorder. She also served as a public speaker with the National Alliance on Mental Health, Westside LA, working to expand mental health awareness to young adults in the community.

Pedro Pinheiro-Chagas

Assistant Professor

Pedro Pinheiro-Chagas, PhD, studies the neural architecture and dynamics of human intelligence, focusing on symbolic cognitive systems, such as mathematics and language. His research program aims at understanding how these systems develop and decline and how we can help.

Hannah Cho

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Hannah graduated from the University of Southern California in 2022 with a BS degree in Neuroscience. At USC, she was a research assistant at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute using histology techniques to visualize fluorescently labeled neural circuits. She also studied the effects of sex hormones on Alzheimer’s disease as a research assistant at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Hannah has experience performing immunohistochemistry, perfusion-fixation surgery, confocal microscopy, and imageJ analysis.