Deanna Paoli Gumina, Ph.D., B.C.E.T. has combined her training in neuropsychological assessment focusing on the needs of children with specific learning disabilities. She brings together her understanding of brain behavior with the demands of the curriculum in her assessments to transform learning disabilities into learning abilities.

Private practice, diagnostic and learning specialist (1995 to Present) testing students in private, parochial, public schools in San Francisco and the Bay Area, as well as college students and working adults.

  • Administration of comprehensive cognitive and educational assessments
  • Formulation of individualized interventions tailored to client learning style
  • Academic, behavioral and vocational recommendations proposed
  • Thorough explanation of findings to individual, family and school

President, Board of Directors (2004 to Present)

  • Moving Forward Toward Independence (a residential program for dependent young adults, Napa, California)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Megan Furth Academy (Retired)

Consultant, The Laurel School (8/2006 to 6/2007)

  • Implementation of Learning Profiles based on out-side evaluations
  • In-service of the faculty on special needs and accommodations
  • Screening of students

Director of Admissions/Special Education, Sterne School (2000-2004)

  • Evaluation of all applications and the interviewing applicants
  • Implementation of individualized learning profile for each student
  • Compilation Individual Education Plans (IEP) goals/ objectives for funded students
  • In-service of faculty on special education accommodations
  • Teach study skills/brain behavior/ life science to 8th graders in preparation for the rigors of a high school science course


University of California Extension, San Francisco (Spring 2007)

  • Graduate seminar in the administration of standardized assessments and implementations of accommodations in a learning disabled population.
  • San Francisco State University, Special Education (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
  • Graduate seminar in assessment, curriculum adaptation, educational planning and practices associated with mild to severe learning disabilities
  • Graduate seminar in advanced differential diagnosis/assessments

University of San Francisco (Fall 1999, Spring 2004)

  • Undergraduate course in the theories and dynamics of educational psychology
  • Undergraduate course in the psychology of reading-experimental approach


  • Megan Furth Academy on Differentiation; St Gabriel on Memory; St. Vincent de Paul on Cognitive Educational Testing.
  • Learning Specialist, direct remediation to middle school students with identified learning needs (Fall1998-Spring 1999)
  • Consultant to schools: Testing of students at high risk for academic failure (Fall1999)
  • Established diagnostic learning center and provided direct remediation to students
  • Kindergarten through 8th grade, including extensive assessment services and supervised interns working with students (1994-1998).
  • Founder, organized and facilitated Archdiocesan Support Services meeting for the Archdiocese of San Francisco (1995-1998).


  • Psychology assistantship administered neuropsychological assessments, Medical Rehabilitation Unit, St. Mary’s Hospital (1994-1995)
  • McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute St. Mary’s Hospital, administered psychological assessments and provided direct therapeutic patient services on adolescent units (1994-1992)
  • Oakes Children’s Center, Play therapy with severely emotionally disturbed children (1992-1991).
  • Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. UCSF Children’s Inpatient Unit (1989-1991)

Board Certified Educational Therapist (BCET #10072)


California School of Professional Psychology (Ph.D.1995; M.A.1992)
McAuley Neuropsychiatic Outpatient Clinic (1992-1994)
Post-Internship Neuropsychological Rehabiliation (1994-1995)
University of San Francisco-History (M.A. 1970; B.A. 1967)