About Us

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center has been in existence since 1966, among the first group of federally-funded University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).  The Nisonger Center enjoys an enviable reputation for its interdisciplinary research, education / training, clinical services and dissemination activities. With a strong and dynamic interdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, teachers, staff and trainees, the faculty and staff of the Nisonger Center strive to improve the lives of people with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities across their lifespan.

Nisonger Center is proud to be part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine Office of Health Sciences, and Ohio State’s Neurological Institute. We have approximately 120 faculty and staff from more than 15 professional disciplines across six (6) Ohio State University colleges (Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Arts & Sciences, and Education & Human Ecology).  In addition, Nisonger has close collaborations with Nationwide Children’s Hospital as well as a strong community engagement within Central Ohio and across the state.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. We accomplish our mission with a vision of developing and providing the highest quality interdisciplinary care, education, and research to support the inclusion of people with neurodevelopmental disorders in all aspects of community life.  The Nisonger Center values are the commitments made by our faculty, staff, and students regarding how we will carry out our work. Our values include: Person/Family-centered; Excellence; Compassion; Cultural Competence; Self-determination; Innovation; and Hope.

By-The-Numbers (annually):

Patient care: We serve more than 38,000 individuals with disabilities and their families.

Teaching/training:  Almost 19,000 students, direct service providers, professionals participate in Nisonger training.

Including: 115+ OSU dental students, fellows, and residents and 35+ dental hygiene students.

Research: $5,000,000 in annual research funding.

75+ peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books published.

100+ trainings and conference/scientific presentations.