Volume 17, No. 2, December 2022

Expanding Workforce Diversity and Health Care Equity in Communication Disorders Research: An NIH Institute Director’s Perspective


  • Debara L. Tucci, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary federal agency for conducting and funding medical research. Since NIDCD’s establishment in 1988, it has conducted and supported research that has led to critical discoveries in our mission areas: hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The institute contributes to biomedical and  behavioral research advances through intramural research conducted in our facilities in Bethesda, Maryland, and through extramural research, funded at universities, laboratories, and institutions throughout the country. These research efforts have improved the lives of millions of people with communication disorders.