Speech- Language Pathologist
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Jennifer Pilkington, M.S. CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor/ Clinical Faculty in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine), and a Speech Pathologist at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Pediatric Speech Language Clinic. She coordinates the Preschool for Children with Autism at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and specializes in diagnostic evaluations for children under 8 years of age with communication difficulties associated with a variety of issues including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome and other Developmental Disabilities. She completed her undergraduate education in Elementary Education and Special Education at the University of Tennessee, followed by her graduate education at Vanderbilt University in Hearing and Speech Sciences. Jennifer spent her Clinical Fellowship Year working at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Child Development because she knew that diagnostic evaluations and team collaborations on behalf of children with communication needs were always where she wanted her career to take her. Following her Clinical Fellowship Year and graduation from Vanderbilt in 1987, Jennifer began working at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center where she remains today. During 2003-2011, Jennifer transferred into the Division of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt to work as the Assistant Director of the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) followed by becoming the Project Director for the Tennessee Project for Individuals with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss (TREDS). Jennifer has been a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1987 and is a Faculty Advisor for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association at Vanderbilt University.