Dr. Crystal Patil Visiting Scholar Day
Crystal Patil conducts clinical and community-based intervention research among diverse populations in the US and globally. Since 2006, Dr. Patil has served as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator on many federal and foundation funded multidisciplinary research projects (e.g., NIH, NSF, PCORI, and Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation). She works to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes by adapting evidence-based interventions for use in diverse community and clinic settings. Dr. Patil is a group healthcare expert and has adapted group healthcare models for pre and postnatal care, HIV prevention, the transition from pediatric to adult clinic for those with sickle cell disease, and for the uptake of PrEP among sex workers. She collaborates with community experts and organizations to improve the health of women, families, and communities. She is currently wrapping up the 5th year of an NINR-funded effectiveness-implementation trial of group prenatal care in Malawi. Dr. Patil is committed to collaborating with and mentoring colleagues, fellows, and students. This year, she was nominated by peers and awarded the 2022 UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Mentor of Faculty Award.