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Keisling, CDD Receive New National Support


Bruce Keisling, executive director of the UTHSC Center on Developmental Disabilities (CDD), recently received a new $113,670.00 award from the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is part of a $150 million federal investment by the Biden administration to expand the public health workforce within the Administration for Community Living’s disability networks.

The UTHSC CDD is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and 60 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) programs in the United States. These programs were established by the federal government to develop interdisciplinary training, clinical and community service, and applied research related to developmental disabilities.

The UTHSC center includes 10 disciplines, from speech and language pathology to social work and from psychology to developmental pediatrics. As UCEDD director, Dr. Keisling leads a wide array of faculty and staff working to meet the needs of people with disabilities in our community. 

Dr. Keisling, a 2021 Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, also holds the Shainberg Professorship in Developmental Pediatrics, and is an associate professor of Pediatrics at UTHSC.