Chief, Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Richard Stevenson, MD completed his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia and joined the UVA faculty in 1989 following fellowship training in Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. He is board-certified in neurodevelopmental disabilities and is an active clinician, teacher and clinical investigator. He is a leader in several multi-center studies related to the care of children with cerebral palsy. Dr. Stevenson is coordinator of the UVA Children’s Hospital Costa Rica exchange, was recently appointed Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research at UVA, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine as past president.
is a graduate of New Jersey Medical School and completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in developmental pediatrics at the University of Virginia. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and is board-certified in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. She is a strong supporter of family centered care, and throughout her career has focused on both provision of optimal patient care and education. Although active in many clinics, her primary interests are in the diagnosis and management of individuals who have autism, life cycle monitoring and management of individuals with Down syndrome, and prenatal counseling for families regarding CNS malformations.
joined the UVA faculty in 2005 after a 26-year Navy career. He completed his clinical fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. He is Professor of Pediatrics and is board certified in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Norwood is very active clinically and sees patients representing the full spectrum of developmental disabilities including autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. He is the primary attending in the brain injury and neonatal follow up clinics. Dr. Norwood enjoys teaching at all levels and has won teaching awards at several institutions including the University of Virginia. He is a member of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Educators. Dr. Norwood is very involved at the Children with Disabilities.
Rebecca Scharf, MD joined the UVA faculty in 2011 after completion of a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric fellowship at Einstein College of Medicine/Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, NY. She has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University in New York. She is an assistant professor and is board certified in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Scharf is actively involved in Global Health research and has ongoing research in this area with funding from the Doris Duke Foundation.
Valentina Intagliata, MD completed both her pediatric residency (2010), and fellowship training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (2013) at the University of Virginia. After finishing her subspecialty training, she eagerly stayed on as UVA pediatric faculty after. She is assistant professor and is board-certified in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. She enjoys general developmental pediatrics, but is also involved with the Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and the Encouragement Feeding clinics. Although her passion is the outpatient clinic and the opportunity to work closely with families, she also very much enjoys interacting and teaching medical students and house-staff. Dr. Intagliata coordinates medical student and resident rotations in developmental pediatrics, and is also the Associate Fellowship Program Director.
Laura Shaffer, Ph.D. is the Chief of the Section of Pediatric Psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Denver, completed an internship in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center, and then conducted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent health promotion and prevention research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She specializes in working with children with chronic illness and their families and is passionate about integrated care and inter-professional education.
Alisa Bahl, PhD, BCBA-D joined the clinical faculty in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in October 2013. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from -West Virginia University, completed an internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Human Development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and completed her post-doctoral training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bahl’s specialties are in neurodevelopmental disorders and challenging behavior, as well as in behavioral pediatrics focusing on addressing noncompliance, sleep problems, tantrums, toileting, tics, and compliance with medical procedures.
R. Emily Gonzalez, Ph.D joined the clinical faculty in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in July of 2015. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, completed an internship in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, and then completed two post-doctoral training years in forensic child assessment. Her clinical and research interests include pediatric/child clinical psychology, infant/child/adolescent psychological assessment, adherence and coping with acute/chronic medical illness, chronic pain, culture and Latino mental health.
Lisa Letzkus, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN joined the division in July 2008. She received her BSN from Shenandoah University and her MSN from University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a PhD of Arts and Sciences in Nursing. Her program of research is centered around improving outcomes following pediatric brain injury. She is an Advanced Practice Nurse 2 – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and directs complex care inpatient consult services in collaboration with Developmental Pediatrics. In 2011, she was selected for the “Magnet Nurse Excellence Award in Clinical Practice” by the Virginia Nurses Association and “Nurse of Distinction Award” at the University of Virginia.
Stephanie McNerney, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, PHNL joined the division in 2013 after completing her advanced practice degree at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She completed her bachelors in Nursing at James Madison University in 2005. Stephanie is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner as well as a trained public health nursing leader. She functions primarily in the outpatient clinical setting seeing a variety of developmental conditions and medically complex patients. She also has interests in pediatric global health issues.