René Gifford, PhD is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. She is also the Director of the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt where she carries out her NIH funded research on combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS). She received her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees at Arizona State University and her M.S. at Vanderbilt University.
She completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Cochlear Implant Laboratory at Arizona State University under the direction of Michael Dorman, Ph.D.
Dr. Gifford has authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles, multiple book chapters, has delivered over 100 national and international presentations. When shes not in the lab or clinic, you will likely find her with her husband and three sons at the skate park or football field.