Dr. Patel has been working with children with autism and other disabilities for over 20 years. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Patel received a BS degree from the University of California at Davis in 1996 in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology. She continued her graduate training in Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Patel received her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis.
She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. Patel joined the faculty at the Marcus and Kennedy Krieger Institutes in 2001 and Emory University School of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Patel was a case manager in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders and Early Intervention Programs at the Marcus and Kennedy Krieger Institutes from 2001-2003. In 2003, she started Clinic 4 Kidz, which is a home-based Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of Clinic 4 Kidz.
Her research and clinical interests focus on treating feeding problems in children who have underlying medical issues (e.g., prematurity, failure to thrive [FTT], tube dependence, gastroesophageal reflux [GER], food allergies, etc.). In addition, she has expertise in working with children with autism, more specifically treating food selectivity by type and/or texture.
She currently serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Development which is a journal of the American Psychological Association. She formerly served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Education and Treatment of Children. Dr. Patel also serves as a guest reviewer for several journals. She has published over 20 research studies in peer-reviewed journals and has authored two invited book chapters. Dr. Patel has also been invited to present at numerous conferences and at various hospitals all over the country.