Heather Grantham, PhD
Effective June 7, 2021, the CID board of directors has named Dr. Heather Grantham CID’s ninth executive director. Currently, she co-directs Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), where she also serves as Director of Deaf Education Studies and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology. She has worked as a teacher of the deaf, authored numerous publications and presented extensively on improving education for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
In addition to teaching university courses, Dr. Grantham has authored or co-authored numerous research articles and presented at professional conferences worldwide. She has served as project director for U.S. Department of Education grants totaling more than $3 million, focused on preparing graduate-level teachers of children who are deaf and hard of hearing (2014–2019) and interdisciplinary personnel development in deaf education and pediatric audiology (2019–2024). Her research interests include reading and spelling development, vocabulary acquisition and best practices for teaching spoken language to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Dr. Grantham holds a master’s degree in education of the deaf from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and a PhD in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of the Association of College Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
Through the PACS program, Dr. Grantham regularly collaborates with CID leadership and staff. She also plays a critical role in maintaining a strong relationship between CID and Washington University — historic partners in the education of teachers of the deaf, pediatric audiologists, speech-language pathologists, early intervention providers and speech and hearing researchers. CID’s teacher training college first affiliated with Washington University in 1931. In 1936, the university offered a CID-based master’s degree program in deaf education, then in 1947 added one of the country’s first graduate degree programs in audiology. A historic 2003 agreement included the transfer of CID’s graduate training, deafness research and adult clinic programs to the university. CID, a financially independent organization, retained the family center and school, pediatric audiology clinic and continuing education curricula and programs.
”CID is such a cherished place to children, families, teachers, audiologists and the St. Louis community,” Dr. Grantham said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead such a venerable institution. With the support of its deeply-committed board of directors, and its exceptional staff, I look forward to positioning CID for the future while still honoring its rich legacy to deaf education.”
“Heather’s passion for deaf education, her appreciation for CID’s rich history and her bold vision make her uniquely qualified for this position,” CID executive director Robin Feder said. “I’m confident in her leadership and look forward to working with her to sustain CID’s reputation for excellence and innovation.” When Grantham becomes executive director, Feder will move into the role of CID executive director emeritus to assist in the leadership transition.