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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

With your safety in mind, all Developmental and Behavioral Fellowship interviews for positions starting in the 2024 – 2025 academic year will only be offered virtually. View application information.

The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship at the University of Rochester offers applicants the opportunity to work with faculty from over a dozen clinical disciplines. Across interdisciplinary clinical, research, academic, and community settings, fellows focus on areas of developmental-behavioral pediatrics as diverse as autism, foster care, immigrant health, early intervention, NICU follow-up, physical disabilities, healthcare delivery, and public health advocacy.

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics collaborates with partners across the Medical Center and the entire University. Our division also houses a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. The University of Rochester is also home to the Center for Disability and Education and recently became one of only 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC) nationwide due in part to over 150 active research activities.

Message From the Director

Our Mission

At Golisano Children’s Hospital (GCH) we are committed to do everything in our power to help each child reach their fullest potential. Our mission in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) is to partner with children, youth, and families to improve the well-being of patients and communities by delivering innovative, compassionate, patient- and family-centered health care, enriched by education, science, and technology. We are preparing physicians to be leaders in DBP clinical care, teaching, research, quality improvement, interprofessional and community collaboration, advocacy, and disability justice.

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Program Aims

1. To train DBP fellows to provide high quality, compassionate, and state-of-the-art care as medical experts in clinical diagnosis and management of developmental-behavioral conditions including autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, genetic conditions, complex ADHD, language and learning differences, and more.

2. To support DBP fellows in their lifelong learning as physicians who value cultural and linguistic differences, who prioritize lived experience and shared decision-making with patients and families, and who understand the impacts of racism, ableism, poverty, and other oppressive structures on development and behavior throughout the life course.

3. To cultivate DBP fellows as innovative leaders in DBP education, research, quality improvement, advocacy, and policy.

Flexible Curriculum

There is flexibility in the program, and it is not uncommon for fellows to partner with the program director to shape their training as their learning objectives, career goals, and research interests evolve.

Mentor Relationships

Our fellows most commonly reference the personal relationships and valuable mentoring they receive as one of the top reasons why they would recommend Golisano Children's Hospital.

Fellow Life

Our emphasis on work/life balance is an important reason fellows choose Golisano Children's Hospital. A focus on well-being enables you to learn and thrive in Rochester.

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What Our Fellows Say...

Adriana Verway

I chose the University of Rochester Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship for many reasons, the most notable being the faculty, fellow support, division engagement, and leadership and advocacy training. The faculty are internationally recognized in the field and have a wealth of knowledge and experiences. They are invested in my training and success, with consideration of my personal interests and wellbeing.

Adriana Verwey, M.D.

Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID / Undergrad: Le Moyne College / Medical School: SUNY Upstate / Residency: University of Rochester