Eileen T. Crehan is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Studies and Human Development. Her research focuses on access to and dissemination of health information for autistic individuals, such as sexuality and relationship education, primary care, and physical activity. Dr. Crehan is particularly interested in how autistic adolescents and adults navigate systems as awareness of autism beyond childhood increases. Her research lab, the Crehan Lab, works in conjunction with their Autism Community Advisory Board, a group of stakeholders who provide feedback on research priorities and methodologies.
Autistic adults face significantly more health costs and challenges than their neurotypical peers. This disparity is driven by many factors, such as limited provider knowledge about autism or barriers to navigating the necessary care system. As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Dr. Crehan will be working with an advisory board to develop and present information on autism in adolescence and adulthood to local medical providers. Feedback on this training will be used to inform future roll outs of this program, with the goal of increasing access to health services and thus improved outcomes for autistic adults.