Dr. Rachel Loftin
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Rachel L. Loftin, PhD, is a clinical and school psychologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has extensive experience in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention to help promote positive outcomes for people with ASD.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Loftin has been involved in cases involving special education, family, criminal, and civil law. She has particular expertise working with people with autism, intellectual disability, and other conditions that can increase social vulnerability and complicate interactions with law enforcement.
Dr. Loftin’s clinical-research interests include interventions to increase independent function in young adults, strategies for increasing self-monitoring, transition to adulthood, and sexuality education and sexual identity in people with ASD.
Dr. Loftin is adjunct faculty in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Department at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and in the Psychiatry Department of the Yale School of Medicine. She was previously an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Loftin earned her PhD in the School Psychology program at Indiana University, with a doctoral minor in Special Education. She completed internship and postdoctoral training in developmental disorders at the Yale Child Study Center at Yale University's School of Medicine. Dr. Loftin also completed a social policy fellowship in the Edward Zigler Center while at Yale and continues to consider social advocacy an important component of her work.