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Steve Camarata



  • B.A., 1979, San Diego State University, CA
  • M.A., 1981, San Diego State University, CA
  • PhD, 1984, Purdue University, IN
  • Postdoc, 1984, University of Arizona, AZ
  • Postdoc, 1998, University of California, CA


Stephen Camarata received his PhD in 1984 at Purdue University with a major in Audiology & Speech Sciences and a minor in Statistical Methods. Post doctoral appointments have been held at the University of Arizona (Speech & Hearing Sciences) and at the University of California, San Diego (in Cognitive Science). Dr. Camarata held faculty positions at Penn State University and in the Autism Research Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and Psychiatry in the Medical Center and Professor of Special Education at Peabody College. In addition, he is an Investigator at the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Development and Disabilities (serving as Acting Director of that Center from 1999-2002, and directed the program in communication and learning from 2002 to 2009). Dr. Camarata’s areas of research interest are focused on the identification and treatment of speech, language disorder and hearing loss. Populations of interest include autism, Down Syndrome, phonological disorder, and language disorder. He is currently a permanent member of the NIH study section on Communication Disorders Research and has been a member of review panels at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

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