Eileen McGrath, PhD

The University of Arizona LEND (ArizonaLEND)
Division of Genetics & Dev & Behavioral Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
1501 N Campbell Avenue
PO Box 245073
Tucson, AZ 85724
Phone: 520-626-6548
Secondary Phone: 520-891-2107
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 25, 2021


Leadership: Co-LEND Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Clinical Services
Training Director
Discipline Coordinators: Special Education
Specialty Resource Contacts: MCH Training
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: AZLEND Grant, Training Director
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Public Administration
AUCD Council Membership: National Training Directors' Council
Research: Predictors of developmental outcomes of high-risk and developmentally delayed infants; the impact of prematurity on a diagnosis of autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities; self-regulation in children born with extremely low birth weight (ELBW); fetal origins research.
Education: B.S. in Business Administration
M.Ed. in Special Education (Low Incidence, Life Span)
Ph.D. in Special Education(Early Childhood, Low Incidence & ASD)
Service: Volunteer Executive Director, since February 1997, of Casey's Children a Not-for-Profit providing emergency financial assistance to medically fragile infants and young children and infants and young children who have neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families.
Reach Out and Read of Southern Arizona, Board Member
Co-Chair, PacWest LEND Leadership Consortium
Member, AUCD ITAC Steering Committee


Eileen R. McGrath, Ph.D. is the Associate Director and Training Director for The University of Arizona LEND (AZLEND). 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 predictors of developmental outcomes of high-risk and developmentally delayed infants. 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.


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