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About the Fund


Advancement of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at UR through the mentorship of students, postgraduate trainees, and physicians through education and research opportunities.

Core Values

  • Biopsychosocial medicine
  • Collaborative and Interdisciplinary research and care
  • Scientific basis of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Collegiality
  • Child and family advocacy
  • Cultural competency
  • Teaching the next generation of educators, researchers and clinicians

What is Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics?

Developmental and behavioral pediatricians evaluate and manage infants, children, and youth with developmental and behavioral disorders. They offer biobehavioral subspecialty care for children and youth with physical and other developmental disabilities as well. Developmental and behavioral pediatric practice is often in the context of interdisciplinary settings involving close collaboration with other professional disciplines. Developmental and behavioral pediatricians also screen and monitor children at risk for developmental and behavioral disorders on the basis of biological and social factors. Research in this field addresses the causes and treatments of developmental and behavioral health concerns and promotes understanding of the biopsychosocial environment in which they live. Ongoing training at multiple levels from medical students to community practitioners support the medical home for children with developmental and behavioral needs. Clinicians from many areas use developmental and behavioral approaches to research and manage chronic care and health maintenance.

About the Founders

Drs. Robert J. Haggerty and Stanford B. Friedman founded the Haggerty-Friedman Psychosocial Fund because of their commitment to educating and mentoring future pediatricians interested in developmental and behavioral pediatrics both as a subspecialty and as it relates to typical development and children and youth with chronic illness.

Robert J. Haggerty, M.D.

Dr. Haggerty is Professor of Pediatrics and Chair, Emeritus, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was formerly President of the William T. Grant Foundation that supports research to improve the mental health of school-age children and to assist them in utilizing their full potential. He is foremost a pediatrician. He is a former editor of Pediatrics in Review, the continuing education journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well, as past President of that organization. Dr. Haggerty has written 150 articles, 3 books and numerous chapters.

Stanford B. Friedman, M.D.

Dr. Friedman was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, prior to leading programs in Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Maryland, Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Pediatrics at North Shore, and Adolescent Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Friedman was president of the National SIDS Foundation, Society of Adolescent Medicine, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and American Psychosomatic Society. Dr. Friedman has written over 125 articles, 2 books and many chapters.

Combined Publications

In February 2003, Drs. Robert J. Haggerty and Stanford B. Friedman wrote a supplement on the History of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.