Sanders named new TRIAD Medical Director

By: Elizabeth Turner

Kevin B. Sanders, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, has recently been named the new Medical Director of the Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD). As part of his duties as TRIAD Medical Director, Sanders will serve as a co-PI of the Autism Speaks – Vanderbilt Autism Treatment Network (ATN) site. He will support innovative pharmacological and medical intervention trials across the university, and facilitate training and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across a variety of clinical programs.

“It takes exceptional individuals in order to meet the exceptional behavioral and psychiatric needs of our patient population,” said Zachary Warren, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Special Education and Director of TRIAD and Autism Clinical Services. “We are extremely fortunate that Kevin has accepted this role and will provide leadership and direction to much needed programs of service and inquiry.”

After completing a general psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina, Sanders pursued clinical training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke University. He then spent eight years in private practice and developed a special interest and expertise in serving families of children with ASD and developmental disabilities. During this time he also developed teaching relationships with three local medical schools, including Florida State University, University of West Florida, and the University of South Alabama, particularly around psychiatry consultations in the pediatric setting. In 2009 Sanders was recruited to Vanderbilt in order to bolster clinical service and teaching programs as well as to develop and study innovative pharmacological and medical interventions.

Sanders has served as a lead investigator across a variety of clinical trials during his time at Vanderbilt with the aim of developing safe and efficacious treatments for individuals with ASD across the lifespan. He also has served as an attending psychiatrist within Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Unit and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital child psychiatry consultation service.

Last Updated: 7/11/2014 2:52:20 PM

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