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  • Afik Faerman

    Afik Faerman

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioAfik Faerman, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral scholar and an NIMH T32 fellow at the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab (PI: Nolan Williams) and the Center for Stress and Health (PI: David Spiegel). He completed his clinical training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Baylor College of Medicine and earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from Palo Alto University. His research centers on cognitive functioning and its intersection with behavioral health, focusing on brain stimulation, sleep, psychedelics, hypnosis, and performance. His work has been acknowledged and supported by the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and Division 19 (Military Psychology), the Sleep Research Society (SRS), the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and more. He is president-elect of the APA Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis), the past chair of the Student Committee at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), and a past committee member of the SRS Trainee Education and Advisory Committee (TEAC).

  • Emily Ferguson, PhD

    Emily Ferguson, PhD

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioEmily Ferguson, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral academic researcher and clinician within Stanford University’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program ( within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and completed her clinical internship at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Ferguson's research focuses on advancing understanding of mechanisms of challenging behaviors in autistic youth and adults to inform treatment development. Her work takes a comprehensive perspective, integrating methods from implementation science to improve the accessibility and quality of clinical care for underserved autistic populations, especially those with higher support needs (or "profound autism"). She is also interested in developing methods to improve self-regulation in individuals with profound autism to effectively manage self-injurious behaviors and aggression. Dr. Ferguson is currently supporting research in the Preschool Autism Lab (, and exploring profiles of challenging behaviors with the Program for Psychometrics and Measurement-Based Care ( in a diverse range of autistic and non-autistic youth to inform treatment approaches.