The 48th Annual Gatlinburg Conference

The Gatlinburg Conference continues its tradition as one of the premier conferences in the United States for behavioral scientists conducting research in intellectual and related developmental disabilities.


About the Gatlinburg Conference

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established in the 1960's as a forum for the exchange of scientific findings and as a mechanism to promote scientific networking.

The overall aims of the conference:

  • Promote exchange of information regarding the latest findings in behavioral & biobehavioral research on the causes, prevention and interventions for intellectual disability and related developmental disabilities.
  • Further our understanding of the manifestations of those disabilities.
  • Better characterize the contexts in which people with disabilities and their families live.
  • Promote collaboration among behavioral scientists.
  • Provide a major training resource for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists entering the field of intellectual disabilities research.

Want to know what attending a Gatlinburg Conference might be like? See a program from a previous conference.

To see the slideshow from the 2014 conference, click here.

The Call for Proposals is now open! Abstract submittals for the 2015 Gatlinburg Conference are now being accepted until 5:00 p.m. CST Monday, Oct. 13, 2014!

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Executive Committee and Conference Organizers

The conference is currently organized by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.

Gatlinburg Conference Chair:

Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center wishes to thank the following for their financial support of the 47th Gatlinburg Conference:

  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • The Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas
  • Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington
  • The American Psychological Association – Division 33

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