Elysa Marco, MD is a board-certified cognitive and behavioral pediatric neurologist, neuroscience researcher, and author. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with sensory processing disorder, autism, and other neurodevelopmental conditions at Cortica in San Rafael, California. Dr. Marco's research has focused on the genetics, brain anatomy, and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Over her career, she has authored more than 40 peer-review scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. Marco is an internationally recognized expert in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and has been honored to speak at autism conferences, sensory symposiums, physician educational events, and parent support meetings.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Dr. Marco earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She held appointments as the director of the Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program (SNAP) as well as the associated head of the Developmental Medicine Program. While at the University of California, Dr. Marco led a clinical research program that integrated the work of neurologists, psychologists, neuroimaging experts, radiologists, and video game designers. Her clinic and research continues at Cortica. In addition to her medical career, Dr. Marco is the co-author of "The Lilaguide: Baby-Friendly" series of guidebooks for parents and enjoys parenting her own two children.