Deborah Hatton
Associate Professor of Special Education


  • Special education

Deborah D. Hatton is associate professor of special education and director of the program in visual disabilities at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her research interests include intervention research in visual impairment and behavioral phenotype research with students with fragile X syndrome. Previously, Hatton was a senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she spent 15 years directing research and outreach projects funded by the U. S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health. Her work focused on infants and toddlers with visual impairments and on children with autism. She helped establish the statewide early intervention program for young children with visual impairments, birth through age 5, at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, N.C. She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Auburn University, her master’s degree in visual disabilities from Florida State University and her doctorate in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.