Fellowship Program in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Fellowship Program in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

exam.jpgProgram Overview

The Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Virginia is proud of our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, research, and community outreach. Our three-year Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and successful completion qualifies the trainee to take the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics examination for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Our program selects 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 specialist knowledge and competence in these areas of focus:

  • Understanding aspects of the history of developmental problems
  • Provision of comprehensive, quality clinical services
  • Evaluation of the professional literature
  • Basics of research methodology and understanding of research issues in child development and behavior
  • Teaching in the subspecialty area of developmental and behavioral pediatrics


Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is an ABP-recognized pediatric subspecialty that deals with the identification, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of development and behavior in children, adolescents, and to some extent young adults. These disorders generally imply long-term, often lifelong, habilitation efforts.

Conditions commonly encountered in this specialty include, but are not limited to:

  • cerebral palsy
  • intellectual disability
  • specific learning disabilities
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • autism
  • acquired brain injury
  • spinal cord injury
  • chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus and others
  • emotional and behavioral problems

exterior.jpgAt UVA Children's Hospital, the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center and Research Institute (KCRC), and the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics within the Department of Pediatrics, combine forces to recognize and and support the important role that developmental phenomena play in general pediatrics and the importance of teaching this aspect of pediatrics to trainees.

The KCRC has an Inpatient Unit and a large Outpatient Services department where children with developmental and behavioral problems are evaluated and treated.

Primary goals of the KCRC developmental faculty are to direct the interdisciplinary evaluation and management team and to highlight the pediatrician's role as the primary interpreter of development and developmental disabilities to the medical and lay communities.

Major objectives (in which fellows participate) include:

  • Teaching normal and aberrant development to medical students, pediatric housestaff, and fellows
  • Maintaining outstanding quality clinical services to patients and their families, in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Providing consultation services for pediatric inpatient units of the UVA Health System and for medical practitioners throughout Virginia
  • Collaborating with the Neonatology Division to demonstrate a model follow-up clinic for high-risk infants to receive comprehensive developmental and medical evaluation
  • Creating new programs to meet identified needs
  • Pursuing clinical research
  • 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