Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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Melissa Ryan

Melissa RyanCurrent Appointment

Advanced practice nurse Neurodevelopment & Behavioral Pediatrics, specializing in Developmental Disabilities


Ms. Ryan is a nationally certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who provides specialized medical care to children and teens with autism, genetic disorders, and other developmental disabilities through the Kirch Center. She has worked at the University of Rochester since 1999, and has been in Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics since 2008. Her previous experience includes work in Golisano Children’s Hospital inpatient units, cognitive behavioral neurology, and pediatric neurology.  

In addition to clinical care, Ms. Ryan has been involved in research studies investigating the role of medications and behavioral interventions for children with ASD and ADHD, and regularly serves as a preceptor for trainees looking to improve their skills in the care of children with developmental disabilities. She has a great deal of expertise in the use of medications to treat seizures, tics, and challenging behaviors in children with developmental disabilities.

Patient Care Profile

Ms. Ryan’s approach to patient care is child and family focused. She works together with families to identify behavioral symptoms that are interfering with a child’s learning, socialization, and participation in family and community. She works with families to identify strategies to address challenging behavior, including medication when needed. She works closely with families to make sure medications used are effective and that side effects are minimized. She supports families by assisting with identification of resources and behavioral treatments to support them at home


  • 2011, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellow
  • 2004, University of Rochester, Master of Science in Nursing
  • 2001, St. John Fisher College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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