Stephanie Ryan (nee Fung)

Stephanie Ryan (nee Fung)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, York University (in progress)
  • Health Diploma, York University (in progress)
  • Master of Arts, York University
  • Master of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University

Research Interests

My current interests include research on the patterns of sport participation in autistic youth. Specifically, I am interested in studying the personal and environmental factors affecting sport participation, as well as the psychosocial outcomes associated with sport involvement. I am also interested in studying the prevalence and utilization of mental health services for autistic people.

Published Manuscripts

Fung, S. L., Lunsky, Y., & Weiss, J. (2015). Depression in youth with autism spectrum disorder: The role of ASD vulnerabilities and family-environmental stressors. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, DOI: 10.1080/19315864.2015.1017892

Weiss, J. A., Robinson, S., Fung, S. L., Tint, A., & Lunsky, Y. (2013). Family hardiness, social support, and perceived self-efficacy in mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(11), 1310-1317.

Francis, S. E., Mezo, P. M., & Fung, S. L. (2012). Self-control training in children: A review of interventions for anxiety and depression and the role of parental involvement. Psychotherapy Research, 22(2), 220-238.

Noel, V. A., Francis, S. E., Williams-Outerbridge, K., & Fung, S. L. (2012). Catastrophizing: A predictor of depressive symptoms in children. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 311-320.

Selected Poster Presentations

Ryan, S. L., MacMullin, J., & Weiss, J. A. (2015, May). Adaptive behaviour and age as predictors of sport experiences in youth with ASD. Poster presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Americas Regional Congress, Honolulu, HI.

Fung, S. L., & Weiss, J. A. (2014, March). Parent distress and child vulnerabilities as predictors of depressive symptoms in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Poster presented at the annual Gatlinburg Conference, Chicago, IL.

Fung, S. L., & Weiss, J. A. (2013, June). Investigating predictors of depression for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): The role of caregiver distress and negative life events. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fung, S. L., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2013, April). Investigating Predictors of Depression in Individuals with ASD: Caregiver Distress, Negative Life Events, and ASD Diagnosis. Poster presented at the Ontario Association for Developmental Disabilities – Research Special Interest Group, Niagara Falls, ON.


  • 2016-2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2013 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award Recipient, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • 2010 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award Recipient, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council