Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

About the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is a member of the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities grant number 90DD0595.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's UCEDD has four major areas of emphasis:

  • Education and early education
  • Employment
  • Health and mental health
  • Recreation and the arts
  • Quality of life

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is one of 14 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (EKS IDDRC) across the United States.

Research conducted through the EKS IDDRC is funded by grant number p30 HD15052 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Research is focused in 5 thematic areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)
  • Communication and Learning
  • Developmental Neurobiology and Plasticity
  • Emotion and Mood
  • Families

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development

Vanderbilt LEND

The Vanderbilt LEND prepares graduate-level health professionals in 13 disciplines to assume leadership roles to serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. It is funded by LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Grant No. T73MC00050, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Other Affiliations and Sources of Research Funding

Other affiliations and sources include:

  • Other institutes within the National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • National Science Foundation
  • Tennessee Department of Education
  • Donations and other sources