This award is the highest honor INSAR gives. It recognizes the sustained international research contribution to autism science that a person has made in their career, and the effect that it has had internationally on autism science. Croen joins 46 existing INSAR fellows named since the honor was started in 2017, along with 10 others in her class of fellows.
“INSAR plays such an important role in the field of autism research, by providing wonderful opportunities to meet and collaborate with distinguished researchers across multiple disciplines and from around the world,” Croen said. “I am tremendously honored to receive this award.”
Croen is a senior research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, which she joined in 2000. She has served as principal investigator for a number of major federally funded studies on the epidemiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. These include the Early Markers for Autism study and Immune and Metabolic markers during Pregnancy and Child Neurodevelopment (IMPaCT).
She is currently co-principal investigator at Kaiser Permanente for the NIH-funded Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) study. Croen also co-leads a node of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, a multicenter network funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, with a focus on gender, sexuality, and reproductive health of autistic adults.