Center for Childhood Deafness

The National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication (NCCDFC) at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center serves young children with hearing loss and their families. Founded in 2004, NCCDFC is comprised of three divisions: Service, Research, and Education.  NCCDFC Service Division is dedicated to providing oral communication options and auditory learning experiences to the infants, toddlers, and young children that it serves through its audiology, speech-language pathology, and educational programs.  The Education and Research Division are equally important and provide much needed training to the future professionals in our field as well as cutting edge research which shapes how we provide our services to the families we serve.

Through these programs, the NCCDFC strives to improve outcomes for children with hearing loss and their families. The VBWC is dedicated to helping individuals with hearing loss and other communication impairments reach their highest potential for a full and productive life through therapeutic intervention and cutting edge technology.  This influence extends beyond the walls of the NCCDFC through our commitment to public and professional education nationwide.


Fred H. Bess, Ph.D., Director
Linda Hood, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research
Rene Gifford, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research
Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D., Associate Director of Education