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Clare Polega, PsyD
Clare Polega
Postdoctoral Fellow

As a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Autism Research, Dr. Polega works as a clinician on multiple research studies, evaluating children from infancy through adolescence with autism, Down syndrome, and co-occurring developmental and mental health diagnoses.

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Clare Polega, PsyD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Autism Research (CAR). Dr. Polega earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in child and adolescent psychology at Adler University in Chicago. Her dissertation research examined how White teachers create racially inclusive classrooms for Black students. Dr. Polega completed her APA-accredited predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University within the diagnostic assessment clinic, language and learning clinic, and feeding clinic. Before and during graduate school, Dr. Polega worked at a child welfare agency, and she continues to volunteer with children in foster care.

As a postdoctoral fellow at CAR, Dr. Polega works as a clinician on multiple research studies, evaluating children from infancy through adolescence with autism, Down syndrome, and co-occurring developmental and mental health diagnoses. She has served in leadership roles as a member of a diversity workgroup and Down syndrome workgroup, as a supervisor to graduate students, and a mentor for high school students interested in the field of psychology and autism. Her clinical interests include conducting developmental and autism evaluations for children with developmental differences and supporting families after initial diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder. Her research interests include understanding early childhood milestone development in children with Down syndrome and increasing racial inclusion and representation of minoritized communities in research.