Brianna Paul, PhD


Brianna Paul is a neuropsychologist and licensed clinical psychologist at the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, where she specializes in evaluating children with medically refractory epilepsy, or epilepsy that is difficult to control with medication. She also has expertise in evaluating pediatric disorders such as learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

In her research, Paul has used cognitive-behavioral and neuroimaging methods to investigate brain and cognitive development in patients with epilepsy, Williams syndrome and early brain injury due to stroke.

Paul earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry and psychology at the University of Arizona. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology, in a joint doctoral program of San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. She completed an internship as well as a fellowship in neuropsychology at UCLA. She joined UCSF in 2009.


Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-2400

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San Diego State University, UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program, Clinical Psychology 2007


UCLA Medical Center, Neuropsychology 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Reyes A, Paul BM, Marshall A, Chang YA, Bahrami N, Kansal L, Iragui VJ, Tecoma ES, Gollan TH, McDonald CR. Does bilingualism increase brain or cognitive reserve in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy? Epilepsia. 2018 Apr 16.
  2. Chang YA, Kemmotsu N, Leyden KM, Kucukboyaci NE, Iragui VJ, Tecoma ES, Kansal L, Norman MA, Compton R, Ehrlich TJ, Uttarwar VS, Reyes A, Paul BM, McDonald CR. Multimodal imaging of language reorganization in patients with left temporal lobe epilepsy. Brain Lang. 2017 07; 170:82-92.
  3. Loi RQ, Leyden KM, Balachandra A, Uttarwar V, Hagler DJ, Paul BM, Dale AM, White NS, McDonald CR. Restriction spectrum imaging reveals decreased neurite density in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2016 11; 57(11):1897-1906.
  4. Muhlhofer W, Paul B, Lin G, Singhal N. Clinical Reasoning: Seizures from the neglected lobe. Neurology. 2016 Mar 08; 86(10):e97-e100.
  5. Leyden KM, Kucukboyaci NE, Puckett OK, Lee D, Loi RQ, Paul B, McDonald CR. What does diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tell us about cognitive networks in temporal lobe epilepsy? Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2015 Apr; 5(2):247-63.
  6. Paul B, Appelbaum M, Carapetian S, Hesselink J, Nass R, Trauner D, Stiles J. Face and location processing in children with early unilateral brain injury. Brain Cogn. 2014 Jul; 88:6-13.
  7. Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP): a genetics-first approach to studying autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Neuron. 2012 Mar 22; 73(6):1063-7.
  8. Fine EM, Delis DC, Paul BM, Filoteo JV. Reduced verbal fluency for proper names in nondemented patients with Parkinson's disease: a quantitative and qualitative analysis. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2011 Feb; 33(2):226-33.
  9. Paul BM, Snyder AZ, Haist F, Raichle ME, Bellugi U, Stiles J. Amygdala response to faces parallels social behavior in Williams syndrome. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2009 Sep; 4(3):278-85.
  10. Paul BM, ElvevÄg B, Bokat CE, Weinberger DR, Goldberg TE. Levels of processing effects on recognition memory in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2005 Apr 01; 74(1):101-10.
  11. Stiles J, Reilly J, Paul B, Moses P. Cognitive development following early brain injury: evidence for neural adaptation. Trends Cogn Sci. 2005 Mar; 9(3):136-43.
  12. Stiles J, Moses P, Paul B. Cognitie Creier Comportament. Spatial cognitive development following early focal brain injury. 2005; 9(2):383-401.
  13. Passarotti AM, Paul BM, Bussiere JR, Buxton RB, Wong EC, J Stiles. Developmental Science. The development of face and location processing: an fMRI study. 2003; 6(1):100-117.
  14. Paul BM, Stiles J, Passarotti A, Bavar N, Bellugi U. Face and place processing in Williams syndrome: evidence for a dorsal-ventral dissociation. Neuroreport. 2002 Jul 02; 13(9):1115-9.

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