Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Hobbs Award

Scaffolding Imitation in ASD: A Music-Based Telehealth Parent-Mediated Approach

Lense (PI), Camarata (Co-I)        11/2020-06/2021 


NIH/NIMH        1-R61-MH123029

Musical Rhythm Sensitivity to Scaffold Social Engagement in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lense (PI), Jones (MPI)         09/2019-08/2021 


NIH/NIDCD        R01DC016977       NIH R01 award

Neurobiological markers of rhythm: risk and resilience for language acquisition

Gordon (PI)        2/1/2019-1/31/2024                   $3,453,554


NSF 1926794       NSF-Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems                         

Biology and Function of Prosody: Integrative approach to individual differences

Magne (Co-PI)/Gordon (Co-PI)         10/1/2019-9/30/2023              Total funds: $1,000,000  (VUMC award is $606,605)    


NIH/Office of the Director   DP2HD098859    NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (DP2)     

Biomarkers of Rhythmic Communication: Integrating Foundational and Translational Approaches

Gordon (PI)        9/30/2018-6/30/2023                 $2,370,000  


National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs     1844332-38-C-18NEA

Research Labs on The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being: Social-Emotional Development and Community Building through Music

Lense (PI)         04/2018-03/2020


NIH/NIDCD     1K18DC017383-01  Research Career Enhancement Award For Established Investigators

Mapping the Genetic and Neural Architecture of Human Rhythm and Communication Traits

Gordon (PI)          03/01/18 - 02/28/19                  $236,000


NIH/NIDCD     1R21DC016710-01

Social Rhythmic Entrainment and Language Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Lense (PI)          12/01/17 - 11/30/18                    $474,000





Grammy Foundation

Beat Perception as a Building Block of Social Engagement and its Disruption in Autism (Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta)  

Lense (PI)          04/01/16 - 03/31/18 

This study examines the role of beat and rhythm perception in the scaffolding of visual engagement in social and non- social contexts. This project uses novel eye-tracking paradigms to measure attentional entrainment in typically developing infants/toddlers and those with autism.



NIH/NIDCD     1R03-DC014802-01

Rhythm in Atypical Language Development: Mechanisms and Individual Differences

Gordon (PI)          07/15/15 - 06/30/19                   $478,489


Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Initiative (TIPs)      

The Science of Music Research: Creating a Program for Music, Mind & Society

Eavey (PI), Gordon (Co-Investigator)          7/01/15 - 06/30/17          $200,000


Vanderbilt University Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Seed Grant  

Making Music Engagement Accessible and Associated Attitudes Toward Inclusion

Lense (PI)     2017

This pilot grant supported our inclusive, parent-child music classes to facilitate social engagement and communication in young children with ASD.


Community Engagement and Research Grant (VUMC-Meharry Medical College)  

SERENADE Project: Parent-Child Music Classes to Promote Social and Rhythmic Engagement in Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Gordon (PI), Lense (Co-PI)          07/01/16 - 06/30/17


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Hobbs Discovery Award 

Investigating the Relationship between Syntax and Rhythm in SLI  

Yoder (PI), Gordon (Co-Investigator)          01/26/12-06/30/15          $29,636                                     


Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)          VR18434 

Exploring Genetic Contributions to Language and Rhythm Skills 

Gordon (PI)