Digital Health Core Seminar Series

Academic Presentation:
A School Readiness and Dyslexia Screener App: Rationale, Preliminary Validation Findings, and Next Steps

Academic Speaker:
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Professor of Psychological Sciences
Director, Brain Imaging Research Center
University of Connecticut


Industry Presentation:
Learner Positioning Systems: Understanding and Navigating Learner Variability

Industry Speaker:
Vic Vuchic, MEd
Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director, Learner Positioning Systems Initiative
Digital Promise


About the speakers:
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD, is an adjunct professor of psychiatry in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and directs the UCSF Hoeft Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory ( Other academic positions include: Deputy Director of UCSF Dyslexia Center ( and Executive Director of UC Office of the President's Multicampus Precision Learning Center ( She is a psychiatrist, neurophysiologist, as well as a developmental cognitive and systems neuroscientist. Hoeft was trained clinically at Keio University School of Medicine (Tokyo, Japan) and in research at Harvard, UCLA, Caltech, and Stanford. Prior to joining UCSF in 2012, Hoeft was at Stanford for eight years, where she was associate director for the Division (then Center) for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research.

Vic Vuchic, MEd, is a seasoned thought leader in education technology and philanthropy. He is an expert in learning science, innovation, and scaling what works and has launched game-changing initiatives that have increased access to education and improved learning for tens of millions of learners in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He currently leads the Digital Promise - Learner Positioning Systems Initiative that maps learner variability to drive personalized learning for the full diversity of learners. Prior to Digital Promise Global, Vic consulted with a number of foundations and organizations on education technology, innovation and philanthropy. Prior to consulting, Vic developed strategies and managed over $100 million in technology-focused grants at the Hewlett Foundation to launch and grow the Open Educational Resources movement and create and advance the Deeper Learning strategy. Vic completed a master’s degree in education and technology at Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Vic also received a scholarship and attended Berklee College of Music for a year. Previous experience includes working at startups in Silicon Valley for eight years with expertise in human-centric system design and innovation methodologies


About this seminar series:
We are pleased to announce our monthly Fall 2018 seminar series focusing on the use of digital health technologies in mental health. Our intention is to bring together researchers across campus interested in this topic, with the hope of learning about current approaches being used, understanding how existing approaches could be enhanced, and potentially fostering new collaborations.

Each 90-minute seminar feature someone in academia using digital health technologies in their work, followed by a similar chat by someone in industry nominated by peers at UCSF whose work is considered especially compelling in this space.

This year we will have all presenters give their talk at one location: Langely Porter Room 371 (light food and refreshments to be served, host: Joaquin Anguera)

However, for those that are unable to attend in person, we are opening up the experience to all who would like to attend virtually via Zoom at

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 10:30am to 12:00pm

401 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143