Down syndrome

Down syndrome is the most prevalent chromosomal cause of intellectual disability and the most common congenital disorder associated with intellectual disability. It occurs in an average of 1 out of every 700-1000 births. It affects both males and females of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Individuals with Down syndrome have characteristic facial features. The syndrome results in higher than normal risk for associated medical conditions, as well as distinctive cognitive, language, and behavioral profiles. In general, persons with Down syndrome have higher levels of adaptive behavior than of intelligence. The syndrome results in an life span that is shorter than average, but it has quintupled over the last century due to advancements in treating associated medical conditions, especially heart defects.

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Stephen M. Camarata, Ph.D.
Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Alexander Conley, Ph.D.
Research Instructor, Center for Cognitive Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics

Robert Hodapp, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education; Director of Research, UCEDD

Angela Jefferson, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology and Medicine

Ann P. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Susan Gray Chair in Education and Human Development; Professor of Special Education and Psychology

Elise McMillan, J.D.
Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Emerita

Amy Needham, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Psychology and Human Development

Jeffrey L. Neul, M.D., Ph.D.
Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, Pharmacology, and Special Education

Paul Newhouse, M.D.
Jim Turner Professor of Cognitive Disorders; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Pharmacology, and Medicine; Director, Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine; Physician-Scientist, VA-TVHS GRECC

Joseph H Wehby, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Special Education; Project Director, National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLii)

Paul J. Yoder, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education, Emeritus

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