Brianna Paul, PhD


Brianna Paul is a licensed clinical psychologist and a neuropsychologist at the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, where she specializes in the evaluation of children with medically refractory epilepsy or epilepsy that is difficult to control with medication. She also has expertise in the evaluation of pediatric disorders such as learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Paul has conducted research using cognitive-behavioral and neuroimaging methods to understand brain and cognitive development in patients with conditions such as epilepsy, Williams Syndrome and early brain injury due to stroke.

Paul earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and psychology at the University of Arizona, and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specialization in neuropsychology, in a joint doctoral program of San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. She completed an internship and fellowship in neuropsychology at UCLA. In 2009, she joined UCSF, where she is an assistant clinical professor in Neurology.


Epilepsy Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-2837

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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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.

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