Dr. Acharya is a board certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician and internist in the Department of Disability and Human Development. She is the director of the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities (LEND) Program, an interdisciplinary graduate-level training program about leadership in disability, funded through the Maternal Child Health Bureau.
Dr. Acharya cares for individuals with developmental disabilities using a lifespan perspective from childhood to adulthood. She is particularly interested in supporting adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities as they transition to adult-systems of care. Her research has focused on the intersection of disability, ethics and genetic testing and how best to support families who are managing these issues.