Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is a pediatric subspecialty dealing with the identification, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of development and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults. These disorders generally imply long-term, often lifelong, diseases and disabilities. Conditions commonly encountered in this specialty include, but are not limited to:
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Intellectual disability
- Specific learning disabilities
- Cerebral palsy
- Acquired brain injury
- Muscular dystrophy
- Down syndrome and other genetic disorders
- Emotional and behavioral problems
- Medical complexity
The Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Virginia is proud of our commitment to excellence in patient care, trainee education, research, and community outreach. Our three-year Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Successful completion of the fellowship qualifies the trainee for the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics examination, which is required for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).
Our program selects approximately one fellow each year from a competitive pool of applicants, based upon availability of funding. Prerequisites include three years of general pediatrics training, and U.S. citizenship or a J1 Visa. Selection preference is given to candidates who intend to pursue an academic position after completing fellowship.
UVA Children’s Hospital recognizes and supports the important role of child and adolescent development as it relates to general pediatrics. The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) is a CARF-accredited outpatient clinical unit of the UVA Children’s Hospital and includes the division of Developmental Pediatrics as well as Orthopedics, Urology, and physical/occupational/speech-language therapy. The CDRC delivers outpatient evaluation and therapeutic services, as well as inpatient consultation services throughout the Children’s Hospital.
A primary goal of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics is to provide interdisciplinary evaluation and management to patients and families, and to communicate the impact of developmental disabilities to the medical and lay communities. Other objectives of the Division faculty include:
- Maintaining outstanding quality clinical services to patients and their families
- Supporting specialized inter-disciplinary clinics such as for children with cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, muscular dystrophy, and acquired brain injury as well as neonatal high-risk infants
- Providing consultation for pediatric inpatient units of the UVA Health System and for medical practitioners throughout Virginia
- Teaching normal and aberrant development to medical students, pediatric housestaff, and fellows
- Promoting recognition of the importance of developmental and behavioral pediatrics through publications, presentations at scientific meetings, and participation in community activities and ongoing education programs
- Promoting and conducting clinical research and quality improvement projects to improve care of children with disabilities