Elaine Eisenbaum, PhD, MSW
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) National Training Center
Responsibilities: Coordinate efforts for the National Training Center on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, a multi UCEDD effort that includes HDI, University of Alaska-Anchorage, and Utah State University.
Experiences: Prior to receiving my doctorate, I served as Program Director at L’Arche Greater Washington DC and as Director of Advocacy at the Arc of Northern Virginia, both nonprofits serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While pursuing my doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) School of Social Work, I worked at the UT Austin, Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS). At TCDS, I received funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop a universally designed Partners in Research program to build capacity among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to engage in the research process. I also served as the disability research consultant for the Child and Family Research Institute at UT Austin and was Co-Principal Investigator on a CDC sub-award from Special Olympics International regarding best practices for health promotion and outreach efforts inclusive of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Reason: Guided by principles of equality and justice, my goal is to work in partnership to generate innovative solutions for achieving a more inclusive world.
Research: My research interests include universal design, health disparities among people with IDD, tobacco use among people with IDD, disability history and eugenics, transition, and barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
Interests: For the past 12 years, I have been a Special Olympics unified partner, playing on sports teams that include people with and without intellectual disabilities. In 2010, I won two gold medals at the National Special Olympics Games as a member of the Washington DC unified bocce ball team.