Social Function

People who primarily work on social function.

Hannah Lerner

Clinical Research Coordinator

Hannah Lerner is a clinical research coordinator in the Rankin Lab.

Pat Callahan

Clinical Research Coordinator

Pat is a clinical research coordinator in the the Social Function Lab led by Dr. Katherine Rankin.

Gwen Rijpma

Assistant Specialist

Myrthe Rijpma is a visiting scholar from the Netherlands. She obtained her bachelor degree in clinical and neuropsychology in 2015, and she is currently working on her master in neuropsychology at the University of Utrecht. Myrthe joined the Rankin lab in March 2017 because of her interest in understanding changes in neural networks in neurodegenerative diseases. Her goal is to acquire a better understanding on how the brain is made up, and eventually contribute to developing better treatment.

Tobias Haeusermann

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Tobias Haeusermann is a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong, where his research aims to understand the ethical concerns in existing clinical applications of closed-loop neuromodulation in epilepsy, movement disorders and mood disorders.

Gianina Toller, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gianina Toller is a postdoctoral fellow from Switzerland, now working with the Social Function team led Dr. Kate Rankin. Dr. Toller completed her PhD degree in 2015 at the Swiss Epilepsy Center and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Her thesis investigated the functional and structural correlates of socioemotional dysfunction in patients with refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, and in patients with a very rare genetic disorder called Urbach-Wiethe disease.

Lucia Lopez

Research Coordinator

Lucia Lopez received her BA degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Her interests consist of the behavioral and physiological aspect of psychology as well as the connection between the mind and behavior. She joined the Rankin lab in July 2014 as a research assistant and has been working on a Psychosis project with Dr. Rankin alongside additional projects such as data entry and the transcription of video data.

In her spare time, Lucia enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, trying cultural cuisines and watching films.

Katherine Rankin, PhD

Professor & Neuropsychologist

Dr. Kate Rankin is a professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology who specializes in the neuropsychological, neuroanatomic and genetic underpinnings of human socioemotional behavior in healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease. She studied psychology at Yale for her undergraduate work and received graduate degrees from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, including her PhD degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in theology.