Neurodiversity Alliances

Who we are…

The Stanford Neurodiversity Project is a special initiative of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.  

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. Dr. Fung specializes in the phenomenology, neurobiology and novel interventions of autism spectrum condition.  He serves as Director of the Adult Neurodevelopment Clinic, and Assistant Professor (Medical Center Line) in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He is also the father of a teenager on the spectrum.

Christy Matta, M.A. is a mental health practitioner specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and work with emotional dysregulation and throughout her career she has worked with neurodiverse individuals. Prior to joining the Stanford Neurodiversity Project as Program Manager she worked in non-profits and local government and in 2004, she co-designed and provided clinical supervision to a winner of the American Psychiatric Associations (APA) Gold Award. Christy is the author of “The Stress Response”.


Isabelle Frances Morris recently graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in psychology. She is unapologetically Autistic and is passionate about using her experiences to change systems for the better. Isabelle is excited to join the Stanford Neurodiversity Project in developing student support programs.


Ronan McGovern was a Visiting Scholar on the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. He is a Senior Executive at AIB Bank in Dublin. He is a Chartered Accountant with PWC Dublin, as well as a Barrister-at-Law at King's Inns, Dublin. In 1995/1996 Ronan attended Stanford Business School and while there was diagnosed with ADHD. 

The executive sponsor of this project is Dr. Laura Roberts, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor.



Dr. Laurie Sperry is an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University. Previously, she served as Clinical Assistant Professor at Yale University in the Department of Psychiatry where she serves on an Autism Forensics Team.  She has been in the field of Neurodiversity for over 30 years during which time she has served as a Researcher, Administrator and Clinician.  In 2006 she was awarded a Fulbright and moved to Australia where she worked establishing services in rural and remote parts of the country.  Her current clinical work focuses on supporting people who are neurodiverse in obtaining meaningful careers.


Sumayah Nuhaily Eddington is a public health practitioner specializing in behavioral sciences research with a particular interest in working with underrepresented populations. Prior to joining the Fung lab as lab manager/clinical research coordinator, she received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from San Diego State University and subsequently a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University.

Generous financial support is provided by: 

  • Randi and Todd Goldman 
  • Anonymous Donor

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