Dr. Bruce L. Keisling Appointed Executive Director of the UTHSC Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

February 16, 2017

Bruce Keisling has been appointed the executive director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has served as associate director of the center for nine years and is the director / principal investigator of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities program. Dr. Keisling is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Keisling has over 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Previous positions include a clinical faculty appointment through the Emory University School of Medicine and a four-year tenure as the regional director of a statewide, not-for-profit center that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities. He is President-Elect of the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities and serves statewide interests through his board membership on the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

"We are thrilled to have a leader, with both the experience and the national stature, assume this position. Bruce will bring energy and new ideas forward in a time when these programs are more crucial to the children of this region than ever," said Jonathan McCullers, M.D., Dunavant Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

From its beginnings as a specialty clinic in 1957, to being one of the original 19 university-based disability centers funded by the Kennedy Administration, the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities is part of a national network of university programs supported, in part, by the federal government to facilitate the flow of disability-related information and best practices between the community and university. There are 67 University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities across the 50 states and U.S. territories that work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community stakeholders.

Dr. Keisling began his new position as the fourth director of the center on February 10.