Publications & Presentations

Scientific Publications

Yang, X., & Crehan, E. T. (2023). Understanding the experiences and needs in autism education: A semi-structured interview among Chinese American parents of autistic children. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 8.
Yang, X., Dekker, L., Greaves-Lord, K., & Crehan, E. T. (2023). Psychometric properties of psychosexual functioning survey among autistic and non-autistic adults: Adapting the self-report Teen Transition Inventory to the U.S. context. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Crehan, E. T. (2023). Preparing for a sex-positive future where sexual assistance is a possibility. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Crehan, E. T., Rocha, J., Sclar, J., Ward, O., & Donaghue, A. (2023). Topics and timing of sexuality and relationship education for autistic and non-autistic adults in the United States. Disability and Health Journal, 16(3), 101466.
Crehan, E. T., Schwartz, A. E., & Schmidt, E. K. (2023). Who is delivering sexual health education content to young adults with intellectual or developmental disability?: A survey of US-based school-based professionals and parents. Sexuality and Disability, 41(2), 189–200.
Crehan, E. T., Yang, X., Dufresne, S., Barstein, J., Stephens, L., Dekker, L., & Greaves-Lord, K. (2023). Adapting the Tackling Teenage Training sex education program for autistic adults in the US: A pilot study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Rocha, J., Aladin, S., & Crehan, E. T. (2023). A model of psychosexual wellbeing for autistic and neurotypical adults in the United States. Sexuality and Disability, 41(1), 3–16.
Crehan, E.T., Rocha, J. & Dufresne, S. (2021). Brief report: Sources of sexuality and relationship education for autistic and neurotypical adults in the U.S. and a call to action. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Crehan, E. T., Althoff, R. R., Riehl, H., Prelock, P. A., & Hutchins, T. (2020). Brief report: Me, reporting on myself: Preliminary evaluation of the criterion-related validity of the Theory of Mind Inventory-2 when completed by autistic young adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders50(2), 659-664.
Crehan, E.T., Baer, J.R., Althoff, R.R., & Constantino, J.N.  (2018). Tracking the influence of autistic traits on competencies among school aged children with subthreshold autistic traits: A longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(6), 941–955.
Hough, S., DenBoer, J., Crehan, E.T., Stone, M. (2017). Sex therapy with clients with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. In Z. Peterson (Ed), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Sex Therapy. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  
Rubin, D.H., Crehan, E.T., Althoff, R.R., Rettew, D.C., Krist, E., Harder, V., Walkup, J.T., & Hudziak, J.J. (2017). Temperamental characteristics of withdrawn behavior problems in children. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 48(3).
Althoff, R.R., Crehan, E.T., He, J., Burstein, M., Hudziak, J.J., & Merikangas, K.R. (2016). Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder at ages 13-18: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey—Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26(2). PMID: 26771536
Crehan, E.T. & Althoff, R.R. (2015). Measuring the stare-in-the-crowd effect: A new paradigm to study social perception. Behavior Research Methods, 47(4).
Hough, S., Warren, A.M., Crehan, E.T. (2015). Sexuality education and persons with disabilities. In J. Ponzetti, Jr. (Ed), Evidence Based Approaches to Sexuality Education: A Global Perspective. New York: Taylor & Francis/Psychology Press.  
Hudziak, J.J., Albaugh, M.D., Ducharme, S., Karama, S., Spottswood, M., Crehan, E., Evans, A.C., & Botteron, K.N. (2014). Cortical thickness maturation is associated with duration of music training in typically developing youths: The shaping of brain development via health promoting activities. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(11), 1153-1161.

In the Media

Scammers threaten quality of research survey data, featuring Dr. Crehan and doctoral student Simone Dufresne
Spectrum, August 2023
‘Autistic students’ may experience ‘gender queerness’ more than others, teacher claims, featuring Dr. Crehan
The National Desk, October 2022
Toy sellers and makers offer more options for autistic kids, featuring Dr. Crehan
Associated Press, December 2016


Conceptual Sexual Well-Being in Adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jessica Rocha

ABSTRACT: Conceptual sexual well-being is a working model that explores how an individual’s intrapersonal relationship affects sexual well-being. It is comprised of sexual self-concept, sexual knowledge, and sexual feelings and attitudes. Using anonymous self-report survey measures that concentrate on the individual, researchers hope to understand the foundation of sexual expression. By comparing groups of Autism Spectrum Disorder and neurotypical, this study explores how sexuality and sexual identity in autistic individuals may differ from the neurotypical population.

The Effects of Social Anxiety on Gaze Patterns in Adults with Autism

Eva Rosini, Justin Birudavol, Hannah Riehl, Eileen Crehan

ABSTRACT: Social anxiety may cause different gaze behaviors in individuals with ASD and neurotypical individuals.  Thirty-six participants took part in an eye tracking study, which involved looking at sets of images. Findings suggest that among the ASD group, social anxiety is strongly correlated with the time between glances at a person who has caught the participant staring.  This correlation was not found in the neurotypical group. This highlights a potential need for new social anxiety testing measures.

Sexual Education and Pornography Consumption in ASD

Jordan Sklar, Eileen Crehan

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to understand whether sex education affects the consumption of pornography across diagnostic populations. 136 adults (52 with a diagnosis of ASD, 84 neurotypical) completed an online questionnaire regarding their experience with sex education, in addition to their viewing of pornography. Results revealed no correlation between the pornography consumption relative to sex education received. Additionally, there was no significant difference between the consumption of pornography between ASD and NT populations.

Age Perception and Romantic Relationships in ASD

Olivia Ward, Jessica Rocha, Jordan Sclar, Eileen Crehan

ABSTRACT: Adults with ASD desire romantic relationships just like everyone; however, research suggests that they may be more drawn towards younger individuals as a result of how they perceive themselves. This study explores how the perception of appropriately-aged romantic partners in autistic adults compares to their actual age using 141 anonymous self-report surveys. We found a statically significant difference in the perception of romantic partner-ages and actual age between ASD and neurotypical-participants.