June 20, 2012, Charlotte, NC:
Elisabeth Dykens, PhD, received the 2012 Research Award today at the 136th annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
The AAIDD Research Award is given for formulations and investigations that have contributed significantly to the body of scientific knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Dykens holds the Annette Schaffer Eskind chair and is a professor of psychology, psychiatry, and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. She has led the field to a new appreciation of genetic etiologies in behavior research. Since beginning this research in the 1980’s, she has come to be regarded nationally and internationally as an authority on behavioral phenotypes. Dr. Dykens is deeply committed to integrating innovative research into teaching and public service to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional society concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities.