Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

PMB 40
230 Appleton Pl
Nashville, TN 37203-5721
615-322-8240 (tel)
615-343-8236 (fax)

Center Director: Jeffrey Neul MD, PhD
615-322-8242 (tel)
615-343-8236 (fax)


The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking, learning, perception, communication, mood and emotion caused by disruption of typical development. We are dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by embracing core values that include:

  • The pursuit of scientific knowledge with creativity and purpose
  • The dissemination of information to scientists, practitioners, families, and community leaders
  • The facilitation of discovery by Kennedy Center scientists
  • The translation of knowledge into practice

The Center was founded in 1965 at Peabody College as the second nationally designated National Institutes of Health research center on intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The Center has evolved into an interdisciplinary research, training, diagnosis and treatment institute, embracing faculty and resources available through Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the College of Arts and Science, and Peabody College. The Center brings together scientists and practitioners in behavior, education, genetics, and neuroscience to work together in unique ways to solve the mysteries of development and learning.

Basic Neuroscience
Clinical Neuroscience
Participant Recruitment and Assessment
Statistics and Methodology

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