Fellowship Program in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Fellowship Program in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Program Overview

Developmental Peds 1 DIGI-REMOVEDevelopmental 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
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Myelomeningocele
  • 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.

The objective of the Fellowship Program in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics is to train pediatricians with specialty knowledge and competence in the following areas:

  • Developmental pediatrics content outline as per the ABP
    • Foundations of developmental-behavioral pediatrics
    • Biological mechanisms of development and behavior
    • Family and societal factors
    • Elements of assessment and management
    • Adaptation to general health problems and their treatment
    • Development-behavioral aspects of chronic conditions
    • Cognitive/adaptive disabilities
    • Specific learning disorders
    • Motor disabilities
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • Externalizing and internalizing behaviors and conditions
    • Substance use disorder
    • Child abuse and neglect
    • Somatic symptoms and related disorders
    • Sleep problems and sleep-wake disorders
    • Feeding and eating problems
    • Elimination disorders
    • Sexuality
    • Law, policy and ethics
    • Core knowledge in scholarly activities, including research and teaching


  • Competency-based medical education as per the ACGME
    • Patient care
    • Medical knowledge
    • Practice-based learning and improvement
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Professionalism
    • Systems-based practice


Developmental Peds 2 LARGE

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, pediatric PM&R and physical/occupational/speech 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