Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD, holds the Joaquin Fuster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Department of Psychology, where she is director of the Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Translational Research in Neurodevelopment. Dr. Bookheimer received her Bachelors degree in psychology from Cornell University in 1982, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in 1989, followed by her postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before coming to UCLA in 1993. She is a clinical neuropsychologist whose work has spanned both basic research and clinical practice, with over 180 published scientific articles using brain imaging technology. She serves on the Council for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping and was elected Chair of the organization in 2013. Clinically, she is responsible for pre surgical fMRI and intraoperative mapping of critical brain functions with electrical stimulation of the brain in surgical populations at UCLA, including for musicians to preserve the musical portion of their brain. Her research focuses on memory and language organization in normal individuals and those with neurological disorders including epilepsy, brain tumors, vascular malformations, Alzheimer’s Disease, and autism. Dr. Bookheimer’s research program uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to try to understand what differences in brain function give rise to the major symptoms of disorders such as autism, especially in language, social communication, joint attention, and emotion, and integrates imaging with genetics to understand how risk genes alter the trajectory of brain development. Her recent work is focused on understanding the highly gifted brain. This work examines children with exceptional intelligence, examining how the structure and connectivity of the brain develops, and understanding the unique ways that the gifted and creative brain approaches and solves complex problems and integrates information.