Child Development/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Goals and Objectives

The Riley Child Development Center-LEND Program is an interdisciplinary training program housed within Riley Hospital for Children. The program provides graduate level interdisciplinary training, preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and insuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence. While at the RCDC LEND Program, learners gain experience with families and children with complex medical, social, and developmental needs within a supportive and collegial atmosphere.

Developmental-Behavioral pediatricians have a range of a career options within academics/research, education, and clinical practice. Often in multidisciplinary settings involving close collaboration with other professional disciplines, they evaluate, treat and manage infants, children, and adolescents with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns and conditions, as well as physical complaints that are best addressed via a bio-behavioral approach. They also evaluate and monitor progress in children at risk for developmental and behavioral disorders on the basis of biological and social factors. They research the causes and treatments of these conditions and strive to promote an understanding of the social, educational, and cultural influences on children. Through training and continuing medical education, they help to shape the work of general pediatricians and other pediatric subspecialists to provide collaborative community leadership, and to inform public policy to promote the optimal development and behavioral health of all children.

The RCDC also offers Fellowships in the following disciplines:

Psychology, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Law, Public Health, Nutrition, Dental, Genetics, Social Work, Nursing, and Family Leadership.