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Landmark College’s Center for Neurodiversity has been exploring the best way to define neurodiversity as both an identity and a movement. Our goal is to reduce stigma toward neurodiverse people. This can be achieved by validating the challenges they face while embracing the strengths and beauty of being neurodivergent.”

– Anais Sidonia, 2019 Intern


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Adam Lalor, Ph.D.
is the co-director of the Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity and director of the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training. With more than 15 years of experience in higher education administration and disability, his research focuses on the transition of neurodivergent students and those with disabilities to and within higher education, college success for neurodivergent students, and the preparation of faculty and administrators to serve students with disabilities. Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. He teaches in Landmark College’s online Learning Differences and Neurodiversity certificate program and is co-author of From Disability to Diversity: College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. A sought after speaker, he regularly delivers workshops and presentations for secondary and postsecondary institutions on topics including neurodiversity, universal design, transition, and the college search. Dr. Lalor received his doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. He lives with his wife and two sons in West Hatfield, Massachusetts.

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Tim Beck, Ph.D. is the co-director of the Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity and assistant professor of Psychology in the Liberal Studies Department at Landmark College. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology: Consciousness and Society from the University of West Georgia, where he completed a dissertation on the history of diagnostic criteria related to autism and explored how the neurodiversity movement challenges conventional assumptions about mental health. His current research continues to explore how self-advocacy movements provide a sense of community and new forms of identity for those who experience learning differences or some form of psychological distress.

The Center for Neurodiversity is a collaborative project including staff, faculty, and students.

Steering Committee—The purpose of the Steering Committee is to explore neurodiversity topics and provide big-picture advice to the Center.

  • Nicole Pacenka, Associate Director of Residence Life and Resident Dean
  • Magan Straight, Co-Director, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Will Johnson, Center for Neurodiversity Coordinator
  • Peter A. Eden, President of Landmark College
  • Tim Beck, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Marlee Bickford-Bushey, Career Advisor
  • Leslie Brodeur, Executive Assistant to the School for Neurodiversity Research and Innovation
  • Kim Coleman, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences
  • Jan Coplan, Director of Career Connections
  • Mark DiPietro, Vice President for Marketing & Communications
  • Sarah Firestein, Learning Specialist
  • Ken Gobbo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
  • Emily Helft, Assistant Director of Professional Development
  • Adam R. Lalor, Vice President for Neurodiversity Research and Innovation
  • Jennifer Lann, Director of Library Services
  • Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Christopher Mathey ’04, Alumni Advisory Board
  • Rebecca Matte, Associate Professor of Education
  • Meredith Robertson ’22
  • John Elder Robison, Visiting Lecturer and Advisor to the Center for Neurodiversity
  • Tricia Stanley, Director for Alumni Relations
  • Marc Thurman ’17, Coordinator for Centers for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Tracy Wilkinson ’02, Alumni Advisory Board
  • All Student Interns
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