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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

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.

What Sets Us Apart?

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.

Interdisciplinary Work

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.

State-of-the-Art Children's Hospital

Serving over 85,000 children per year, UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital is a full-service hospital and a referral center for all seriously ill or injured children from a surrounding 17-county region.

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Why I Stayed As Faculty After My DBP Fellowship...

Adriana Verway

"After fellowship I chose to stay at the University of Rochester for the opportunities and support that was provided to allow me to engage in the community work, advocacy, and scholarship that I'm passionate about. The department thoughtfully created a position that allows me to develop my leadership and community presence, while still feeling supported through such a big career transition. I felt excited about the vision of my future within the department and Rochester community, and the enthusiasm of working alongside such a passionate interdisciplinary team every day."

Adriana Verwey, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Rochester Golisano Children's Hospital 
  • Fellowship: University of Rochester
  • Pediatric Residency: University of Rochester
  • Medical School: SUNY Upstate


Emily Knight, M.D., Ph.D.

"After fellowship, I chose to stay at the University of Rochester because of the rich academic environment, high quality interdisciplinary mentorship, and institutional support for my continued career development as both a DBP clinician and a research scientist.  I appreciated the flexibility in building an individualized career pathway that would allow me to fully leverage my strengths and interests in order to best support individuals with developmental disabilities. The collaborative and supportive nature not only within our institutional teams but also within the local Rochester community makes this a particularly rewarding place to practice."

Emily Knight, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Rochester Golisano Children's Hospital

  • Fellowship: University of Rochester

  • Pediatric Residency: Weill Cornell School of Medicine

  • Medical School: Mayo Clinic