About this Program: Directors and Core Leaders

Lisa Croen, PhD

Lisa Croen, PhD, is a perinatal epidemiologist and senior research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. She received a master's degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.

For the Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH), Dr. Croen leads the Biorepository core, which is determining what kinds of participants the program should seek to enroll by age, race, ethnicity, health conditions, and other factors. The Biorepository core is also planning the program's physical biorepository, where samples of saliva and blood will be processed, stored, and managed. The new RPGEH biorepository will open in 2011 in Berkeley, California.

In addition to her work for the RPGEH, Dr. Croen's research focuses primarily on autism spectrum disorders. She is particularly interested in events occurring around the time of pregnancy and birth. Currently, Dr. Croen is a principal investigator for the EARLI (Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation) Study, the SEED (Study to Explore Early Development) Study, and the EMA (Early Markers for Autism) Study, investigations of genetic and environmental risk factors for autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Croen is also conducting studies to gain a better understanding of patterns of detection, diagnosis, and utilization of health services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.