Nicole S. Ofiesh, Ph.D.
Dr. Ofiesh is a cognitive behavioral scientist with expertise in dyslexia, learning disorders, attention and autism spectrum disorders. She intersects this knowledge with an understanding of context and culture to explain how people learn as individuals. With a special focus on "the missing middle" the time between high school and retirement, she believes teaching an understanding of how cognition and the brain is associated with learning and performance is critical to preparing learners for the needs of the 21st and 22nd centuries. In addition to her consulting practice she is Chief Innovation Officer of Potentia Institute 21 where she is working on the development of tech tools designed to generate a personalized understanding of the brain to help individuals identify and leverage their strengths across the lifespan. Dr. Ofiesh is the former Executive Director of the Stanford Schwab Learning Center and Founder of the UDL Innovation Studio at Stanford, a hub where researchers, faculty, students, and technology developers can employ design thinking of people. She co-teaches a course on Neurodiversity and Design Thinking in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. She is a regularly invited keynote speaker at conferences. Her faculty and research positions include positions at Stanford University, Penn State University, Providence College, University of Arizona and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she was Program Director of Special Education and Department Chair of Teacher Education. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Learning Disabilities and has served as an expert to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights in the area of learning disabilities and test accommodations. Her work in that role influenced federal guidance on the provision of test accommodations for individuals with disabilities. She believes that all individuals should thrive across the lifespan, not simply survive.
Nina Parker-Cohen, Ph.D.
Dr. Parker-Cohen is a Clinical Psychologist. She received her doctorate from the University of Virginia where her training focused on human development with an emphasis on diverse learning styles. She most recently served as founder and director of the Academic Coaching and Support service within the office of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Washington. As part of that effort, she developed a training program for doctoral students. While at the University she served as a consultant for the School of Medicine, The Student Health Service, and the Department of Physical Therapy. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Parker-Cohen served on the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine and held adjunct appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology. She has authored professional publications, collaborated on large research grants, and presented as a guest speaker at numerous national and local conferences. In addition, she has been an expert witness in legal cases and consulted to public school districts. Dr. Parker-Cohen works with individuals of all ages as an academic coach, and provides professional development and speaking engagements to schools and organizations.