Center for Pre-speech Development and Developmental Disorders [ZVES]
Dr. Kathleen Wermke received her PhD in the field of behavioral physiology at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany) in 1986. From 1986 until 2003, she worked as a research fellow at the University Hospital (Charité) in Berlin, where her researche focused on investigating infant sounds and early language development. During that period, she also gave lectures to medical students on a broad range of biological topics. In July 2002, she received a post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) in medical anthropology from the Medical Department of the Humboldt University. The following year, she was appointed Founding Director of the Center for Pre-Speech Development and Developmental Disorders at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg (Germany). The Center is dedicated to researching early language development, particularly during the first year of infant life. It also provides pre-speech diagnosis for infants and young children at risk for speech and language development impairments, particularly for infants with cranio-/oro-facial clefts or sensorineural hearing impairment (collaboration with the Comprehensive Hearing Center).
How to Contact the Center
The ZVES is located on the campus of the Würzburg Dental Clinic. Visitors: Please see the receptionist at the entrance of the Dental Clinic. You will be picked up there.