From concerned parent to passionate psychologist. 

At my first parent teacher conference, my son’s kindergarten teacher described how he was having difficulty learning. Confused and stunned, I consulted his pediatrician who directed me to a program that assessed my son. That is when I learned that he had a problem in sequencing, which explained why he could not remember the order of letters in words and numbers in counting. My husband and I were given strategies to help him at home, and his teachers were given the appropriate interventions to support him in the classroom. 

That was thirty years ago. That conference put me on a journey toward understanding how each of us possesses a unique learning style that, once explained, leads to successful learning. For my son, it meant becoming an effective participant in all areas of his life, from the classroom to playing soccer – which he loved – to family settings. 

It was this experience that kindled within me the purpose to help individuals, from the youngest kindergartener to working adults. I aim to understand their learning styles and stylize strategies toward fulfillment of their learning goals. 

This is my mission.



Dr. Gumina and Emma visit Bay Area schools, so students can read to Emma. For years this smart, loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has given children confidence to practice reading out loud. Emma has now read the entire series of Frog and Toad.

Dr. Deanna Paoli Gumina, PhD.

Dr. Deanna Paoli Gumina, PhD.