Eileen R. McGrath, PhD

Co-Director, The University of Arizona LEND
Training Director, The University of Arizona LEND

Dr. McGrath teaches the online course, Applied Leadership and Interdisciplinary Management of NDD/ASD (CPH 582) and is the Interdisciplinary Team Lead of the Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Clinic at The University of Arizona.  Dr. McGrath has extensive experience teaching university students in early childhood special education, training early intervention practitioners, providing home-based early intervention services, and teaching young children with low incidence neurodevelopmental disabilities including children with autism spectrum disorders. She has conducted research on the effects of systems change on the field (early childhood special education), service recipients, and service providers, as well as the effects of implementing family-centered services on families, early intervention service coordinators, practitioners and the service delivery systems. Her current research focuses on the effects of implementing the Reach Out and Read in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Dr. McGrath owned and operated The Center for the Family, an agency in Tucson that provided service coordination and early childhood special education services to families who have infants and toddlers eligible for Part C services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Throughout this time, she held contracts with the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP), the Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DES, DDD) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). She trained hundreds of early intervention practitioners and sub-contracted with occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, dieticians and feeding specialists; and monitored public and charter school compliance with federal special education law. She was the principal investigator for 13 grants and contracts with a total funding of more than $6.5 million dollars.

Trainees Mentored

Jody M. Bartz, PhD   (August, 2011 to May, 2012)
Retina Bauschatz   (August, 2016 to May, 2017)
Nerissa Birdsell, BA   (August, 2012 to April, 2013)
Kim Brossart, MPH   (August, 2012 to April, 2013)
Tara M. Chico, MPH   (August, 2012 to April, 2013)
Sarah Cole   (August, 2013 to April, 2014)
Ryan Davidson   (August, 2015 to May, 2016)
Melissa Davis, RDN, CSP, CDE   (August, 2014 to May, 2015)
Sarah Michalek, BS   (August, 2012 to April, 2013)
Keith Murfee-DeConcini   (August, 2016 to May, 2017)
Julia Nelson, BS   (August, 2014 to May, 2015)
Meagan Orban, MS   (August, 2012 to April, 2013)
Jessica Salyers, OTR/L, MS   (August, 2011 to May, 2012)
Kara Shutt   (August, 2011 to May, 2012)
Karen Spiegel   (August, 2013 to April, 2014)
Wendy Swartz   (August, 2011 to May, 2012)
Erin Thomas, BA   (August, 2012 to April, 2013)
Howard Zlamal, M. Ed   (August, 2014 to May, 2015)