Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Charles Schwab Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment, Director of Neurology UCSF; Co-director, UCSF-UCB Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center

Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist and the Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Language & Neurobiology Laboratory at the Memory and Aging Center. Her expertise is in cognitive neurology, applying neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to understand language difficulties across the lifespan, ranging from neurological diseases to neurodevelopmental challenges and gifts. In 2014, Dr. Gorno-Tempini co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center. 

Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD

Professor of Psychology UC Berkeley; Co-director, UCSF-UCB Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center

Dr. Stephen Hinshaw's work focuses on developmental psychopathology, clinical interventions with children and adolescents (particularly mechanisms underlying therapeutic change), and mental illness stigma.  He has directed research programs and conducted clinical trials and longitudinal studies for boys and—more recently—for girls with inattention and impulse-control problems (who often express many comorbid disorders), having received over $20 million in NIH funding and an equal amount in foundation funding.  He has been Principal Investigator of the Berkeley site for the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA) since 1992.  He is co-director of the UCSF-UC Berkeley Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center, and he directs the UCLA-UC Berkeley Awareness and Hope (stigma reduction) component of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge.  

Bryan King, MD, MBA

Professor of Psychiatry UCSF; Medical Director Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center

Dr. Bryan King's research and clinical work has largely focused on psychiatric aspects of developmental disorders, and upon the pathogenesis and treatment of significant behavioral disturbance in autism and related disorders in particular. In recent years, this focus has been primarily directed on interventions in autism including both pharmacological and psychosocial treatments.

Michelle V. Porche, EdD

Associate Adjunct Professor Psychiatry UCSF; Associate Director of Community Outreach Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center

Dr. Michelle Porche studies the impact of adversity on academic achievement for young children and adolescents, primarily using mixed-methods approaches. Her early research studies includes investigation of the impact of parent involvement and life circumstances of families on the language and literacy development of children and adolescents. Recent work investigates early and ongoing adversity and trauma on risk of high school dropout, school engagement, and retention in grade. Working with interdisciplinary teams she has also studied the association between trauma and substance use for adolescents, related to mental health and academic outcomes, as well as focus on immigrant children and families, with specific attention to the impact of trauma for resettled refugee youth. 

Phaedra Bell, PhD

Phaedra Bell, Ph.D. is senior program manager for the UCSF ALBA lab with an emphasis on the UCSF Dyslexia Center. In that capacity she has been working with the dyslexia phenotyping study and laying groundwork for the development of a screening application for dyslexia for California K-1 students. She works with the Schwab Center Clinic team to realize the dream of meeting the needs of families whose youngest members are experiencing learning difficulties.

Peter Gillette, PhD

Peter Gillette, Ph.D. received his A.B. in Philosophy at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from U.C. Berkeley. His research has ranged from numeric competency in young children, to family systems interventions (Supporting Father Involvement), to the Berkeley Girls with ADHD Longitudinal Study. He has worked as an editor and developer for the California Desired Results Developmental Profile, and as series editor for He is an occasional lecturer in the History of Psychology at UC Berkeley.

Tweedie Gaines

Tweedie Gaines is Senior Advisor and Project Manager to Dr. Bryan King of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is leading the development of the Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Clinic. She is also the liaison to the Schwab Advisory Board. 

Ricky Yee, CFRA

Ricky Yee is a Financial Research Administration Manager in the UCSF Department of Neurology and responsible for finance administration of the Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center.


Advisory Board

Executive Director Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center: Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF



Andrew Josephson, M.D., Neurology, UCSF
Bruce Miller, M.D., Neurology, UCSF
Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D., Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF
Prudence Carter, Ph.D., Education, UC Berkeley
Ron Dahl, M.D., Public Health and IHD, UC Berkeley
Ann Kring, Ph.D., Psychology, UC Berkeley