Department: Hearing and Speech Sciences and Special Education,
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Mailing Address: 10215 MCE South Tower, Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-5111
Dr. Camarata is a nationally renowned researcher on language development and intervention. Much of his energies are focused on the Child Language Intervention Project (CLIP), which he also directs. CLIP provides individualized treatments for children with a variety of language disorders. The program serves 200 children locally and more than 1,500 children in other states and countries. The National Institutes of Health has designated CLIP as a National Center for the Study of Language Intervention. Camarata received B.A. and M.A. degrees in speech pathology and audiology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in 1984 from Purdue University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Early Childhood Language Laboratory in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Arizona. He was a faculty member in Special Education and Communication Disorders at Pennsylvania State University from 1985 to 1988, and was on the faculty of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1988 to 1990. He joined the Vanderbilt Hearing and Speech Sciences faculty in 1990.
Camarata teaches graduate courses on how children acquire language, on child language and speech disorders, and research design. Nationally, he is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and chairs the Association's Division on Treatment Efficacy. He also is active in the International Association for the Study of Child Language.