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 Program Manager of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. She focuses on the Neurodiverse Student Support Program. She was 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 SNP, 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.


Kevin Sun is an M.D. candidate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Interested in psychiatry, he seeks to learn more about neurodiversity to better serve his future patients. He joined the Fung lab in 2019 to work on neuroimaging and neurosteroid metabolomics studies, and to contribute to the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. Outside of research, Kevin is a concert pianist with a Masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

David is an MD candidate at Stanford with an interest in psychiatry.  Before medical school, David studied GABAergic interneuron development as a graduate student.  He joined the Fung Lab to further explore both of his interests in neuroscience and autism by assisting with the molecular neuroimaging project.  Outside of the lab, David is an avid hiker, cyclist, and weightlifter. 

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.



Mark Gavartin is a Program Manager for the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. He focuses on the Neurodiversity at Work Program. He holds a degree in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz and has worked in Employment Services for 10 years. Most recently, he was a Program Manager at Hope Services where he managed multiple programs to help Neurodiverse individuals find meaningful employment. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his family, cooking, and scuba diving.

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.

Vicky Lam graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Biomedical Research. With the Fung Lab, she wishes to continue exploring her passion for science by assisting with neuroimaging studies on Autism Spectrum Disorder. She hopes to apply the insight and knowledge gained from clinical research towards her future education in medical school. 

Marci Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.  In the SNP, Dr. Schwartz contributes to teaching the PSYC229 series (Topics in Neurodiversity: Introduction and Advocacy). She is also the founder of Thrive College Counseling where she works with students with unique learning profiles to find the right college fit. Dr. Schwartz received her Ph.D. in clinical social work from NYU and her certificate in college counseling from UCLA.

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.

Generous financial support is provided by: 

  • Autism Speaks
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Marcia Goldman Foundation
  • Randi and Todd Goldman 

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