Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics


  • To be a leader in improving health, well-being, quality of life, and outcomes for infants, children, and adolescents with developmental and behavioral challenges, and to be nationally recognized for excellence in clinical and academic developmental-behavioral pediatrics.


  • To improve the lives of infants, children, and adolescents with developmental and behavioral challenges and to support their families through interdisciplinary and family-centered clinical service, innovative teaching and training to build future leadership in the field of developmental-behavioral pediatrics and cutting edge research. To engage the community through awareness and partnership, promoting inclusion and advocacy for infants, children, and adolescents with developmental and behavioral conditions and their families.

Excellence in Patient Care

Division faculty provide teaching, outpatient care, and consultation through sections at UT Southwestern/Children's Health and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRH) in eight specialized clinics.

Leadership in Research

Research in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics encompasses a wide variety of domains, including pediatric health services, health policy, access to health care, quality of care, patient safety, racial/ethnic disparities, language issues in health care, cultural competency, asthma, bullying, obesity, oral health, poverty and its impact on child health, pediatric workforce diversity, qualitative research, prevention of youth violence, teen dating, prevention of teen pregnancy, use of poison control centers, family-centered care, educational interventions for residents and medical students, and transitional care for adolescents and young adults.

The Division has a strong track record of publications in major peer-reviewed journals and has major funding from NICHD. Medical and psychology students, residents, and fellows routinely collaborate with faculty on projects, and these trainees have received grants, made national presentations, published in peer-reviewed journals, and received awards for this research. Learn more about our research.

Education of Future Leaders

Faculty in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics are committed to physician and psychologist education and training. Medical and psychology graduate students, pediatric residents, psychology and neuropsychology interns, and pediatric and neuropsychology fellows are actively involved in the care of patients in our clinics.

The Division provides the major instruction to pediatric residents in the evaluation of development and behavior and treatment of developmental disabilities. Division faculty provide direct teaching for PL1 and PL2 residents in various clinics as well as through didactics including, but not limited to: Dyslexia, Myelomeningocele, Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, childhood externalizing behaviors, anxiety issues in childhood and adolescence, toileting issues, school and learning problems, and other developmental / behavioral concerns. Residents are also integrated with programs such as Early Childhood Intervention, Speech, Occupational, Physical, and Recreational therapies, and Child Life.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and ADHD electives are available for PL2 and PL3 residents, tailored to individual interests.

The Division has two newly-created fellowship programs that began in 2018. Fellowships in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Child Abuse and Neglect are now underway with their first fellows and will be looking to recruit new fellows for 2020 beginning in the fall of 2019.

Faculty are also actively involved in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at UT Southwestern and the Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Learn more about our education and training programs.