The Division and Institution

Our program exists in the context of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which is in a phase of rapid expansion of its research effort and has reached the top dozen medical schools for NIH funding support in the last few years. Our program is based in the Department of Pediatrics, which has been numbered among the top ten such departments for NIH funding for the last decade. This Department has 110 faculty based at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, which is among the top children's hospitals in the United States, as named by U.S. News and World Report. Thus the institutional setting of the program is one of balanced clinical, educational, and research excellence.

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship training program is in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology, which includes 14 faculty: five developmental-behavioral pediatricians, four pediatric psychologists, and five neuropsychologists.

The program features comprehensive interdisciplinary training that is organized and implemented by leaders in the field of D-B pediatrics, as well as psychology. This program continues a long and valuable tradition of training excellence. Under the current leadership of Dr. Nancy Roizen, new clinical programs, collaborations, and training techniques have been developed that provide added value.

  • Key elements of the training program from its long history of success include:
  • Emphasis on leadership training in a comprehensive program that integrates clinical care, teaching, research, and advocacy/public policy experiences
  • Experienced interdisciplinary faculty, many of whom are leaders in the field of developmental-behavioral pediatrics, pediatric psychology, and neuropsychology.
  • Close integration of the training programs and divisional activities with those of other pediatric subspecialties and other professional disciplines
  • Strong tradition of excellence in D-B pediatrics and child health research (e.g. follow-up of low birth weight infants)
  • Innovative models of clinical care in specialized areas: adoption, care of children after disasters, sleep problems, chronic illness and obesity, D-B pediatricians as resources to PCPs, and follow-up of high risk infants
  • Opportunities for clinical care and research with culturally diverse populations and interdisciplinary collaborative research
  • Training initiatives in child advocacy
  • Supportive institutional environment, including resource infusion from the Department of Pediatrics
  • Strong collaboration with other departmental, university-based, and community programs.

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