This program sees children from birth to 18 years with a variety of developmental issues including developmental language delay, school challenges including ADHD, learning disabilities and school failure, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, and more. Our typical model of care is a 3 part consultation: Visit 1 is a parent/guardian only meeting to discuss the concerning history of the child/adolescent and to gather information from previous providers working with the family. For example: early intervention records, teacher information, prior testing, etc.

  • Visit 2 is an assessment/evaluation with the child. This typically occurs after we have collected any prior testing information or evaluation forms.
  • Visit 3 is an appointment with the family to discuss diagnosis and recommendations.

For appointments or more information, please call 617.414.4841.

Information about DBP Process Changes
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Self-Care Videos for Parents, Patients and Providers

13 minute video:  This video was designed to offer breathing and yoga exercises for pre-K to middle school children struggling with remote learning.

Restorative yoga is a style of yoga designed to promote relaxation. The goal is to allow the body to be still and over time if the body is still the mind can learn to be still as well. The poses are deigned to allow the body to relax on a pillow, blanket, or bolster. The poses are designed to calm and reset the body and mind to help overcome stress.

What do I need for class:

  • 3 bed pillows 
  • 3 blankets
  • 1 folding chair (for some classes)
  • Eye pillow or face cloth to cover eyes
  • Place to yourself
  • Bring a friend or family member 

Jodi Santosuosso, NP-C, H.S.M.I
Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified Yoga instructor 
Holistic Stress Management Instructor
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
617-414-7456
Clinical Instructor
Boston University

Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental-Behavioral Conference: Clinical Problems in Primary Care - March 11, 2022-March 12, 2022

Our Program is Back In-Person (And Virtual Too!)

This annual two day accredited conference has been going strong for over three decades. It is designed for practicing clinicians who have an interest, passion or emerging expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and want to take their knowledge and skill to the next level.

Many clinicians and allied medical professionals do not feel adequately trained when in practice and yet they face these challenges with patients and families every day. The course offers practical approaches to these issues and we welcome participants from a broad array of disciplines including physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, social workers, and allied medical professionals who work in Pediatrics and the broader medical community.

Contáctenos

850 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
6th Floor
Yawkey Center
617.414.4841
Monday, Wednesday Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00PM Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Clínicas Especializadas

Programa de autismo

El Programa de Autismo ayuda y empodera a las personas y familias afectadas por los trastornos del espectro autista (TEA) y discapacidades relacionadas a través de la atención y el apoyo directo al paciente, la educación de los proveedores y el alcance comunitario. Este programa único llena una brecha crítica en los recursos comunitarios y hospitalarios existentes para familias de niños con autismo porque hay pocos programas disponibles en Boston para familias con dominio limitado del inglés.

Pequeños pasos

Baby Steps de la División de Pediatría del Desarrollo y del Comportamiento del Boston Medical Center ofrece evaluaciones del desarrollo y valoraciones nutricionales de recién nacidos prematuros o recién nacidos a término con ciclos neonatales complicados.

Baby Steps es una clínica multidisciplinaria con un pediatra del desarrollo y el comportamiento, terapeutas ocupacionales y dos dietistas. Además, contamos con un defensor de alcance familiar que vincula a las familias con los servicios y recursos comunitarios.

Centro de navegación familiar y promoción de la salud comunitaria

¡Bienvenido al Centro para la navegación familiar y la promoción de la salud comunitaria!

Nuestro Centro sirve como una plataforma dentro de nuestro departamento de Pediatría para fomentar las intervenciones centradas en la familia realizadas por "navegantes familiares", un tipo de traba

Proyecto Niño Testigo de la Violencia

El Proyecto Child Witness to Violence (CWVP) ofrece servicios gratuitos y especializados de asesoramiento, defensa y divulgación para apoyar a los niños pequeños y sus cuidadores. CWVP trabaja con niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los 8 años, que han estado expuestos a violencia doméstica, violencia comunitaria u otros eventos potencialmente traumáticos. Desde dentro de la División de Pediatría del Desarrollo y del Comportamiento del Boston Medical Center, CWVP ha brindado terapia a miles de niños y sus familias desde sus inicios en 1992.

Programa Good Grief

El programa Good Grief del Boston Medical Center brinda apoyo terapéutico a los niños que han experimentado una pérdida importante, como la muerte de una persona importante, el divorcio o la separación de un cuidador principal.

Pediatrics - Comprehensive Care Program (CCP)

The Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) at Boston Medical Center is a primary care pediatric program supporting families of children with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities, including “NICU graduates” – babies born prematurely (preemies) or with complex issues.

Pediatrics - Special Kids Special Help

This web site was created to serve as a resource for families of children with neurological or developmental disorders, including epilepsy, autism, and developmental delay. Authored by the experts in the Divisions of Child Neurology and Developmental Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center (BMC)—professionals with special expertise in caring for children with neurodevelopmental problems—this site is meant to guide parents through their child’s development, diagnosis, and treatment.

Programas y Servicios

SPARK Center

The SPARK Center at Boston Medical Center is site for specialty pediatric and maternal health programs. Nestled in Mattapan, the SPARK Center offers supportive services in a tranquil, welcoming environment.

Our Team

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Team

Core DBP Faculty

Marilyn C Augustyn, MD

Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Naomi J Steiner, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Deborah A Frank, MD

Director, Grow Clinic for Children
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
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Rachel S Amgott, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts
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Current Fellows

Sarah Canale, MD

Britany Weissman, MD

Elective Faculty

Susan A Minear, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Laurie M Douglass, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
Division Chief, Pediatric Neurology
Director of Pediatric Epilepsy and EEG

Jodi D Hoffman, MD

Chief, Section of Genetics, Department of Pediatric Genetics
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Dana S Rubin, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Neurodevelopmental disorders; Psychopharmacology; Assessment and treatment of special populations (children and adolescents with physical illnesses and developmental delays); Mental health education and consultation to pediatric specialty care

Margot Tang, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts
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Soukaina Adolphe, MD

Pediatrician
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Grow Clinic

Soukaina Adolphe, MD

Pediatrician
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Deborah A Frank, MD

Director, Grow Clinic for Children
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
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Megan T Sandel, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Margot Tang, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts
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Child Protection

Autism Program

Shari Krauss

Lauren Bartolotti

Alex Friedman

Liz Ferriero

Sara Bastin

Hillary Hollis

Jacqueline McKendry

Maddy Goskoski

Belinda O'Hagan

Comprehensive Care Program

John S Maypole, MD

Director of Comprehensive Care Program
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Child Witness to Violence

Carmen Rosa Norona, LICSW, Ms. Ed., CEIS  Clinical Coordinator of CWVP & Associate Director of ETTN

Stacy Normand, LICSW  Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician Lead

Sarah Hacking, LMHC  Clinician

Amalia Perla, LMHC  Mental Health and Intake Clinician

Natalie Heywood, MA  Clinician

Rory White, LCSW  Marigold Clinical Fellow

Good Grief

Additional Information

Noticias del Departamento

Resumen de la Investigación

Información Sobre Residencia y Becas

This program offers clinical and academic training in the field of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the context of an urban setting. The goals of this Maternal and Child Health Bureau-supported and ACGME certified program include the following:

  1. Clinical training in such areas as developmental assessment of children (at all ages), behavioral management and family assessment;
  2. Academic skills (such as research design, giving talks and writing papers) are taught through seminars (including at the Boston University School of Public Health) and hands-on experience;
  3. Research training including study design and methodology, writing an abstract and paper and submitting a grant.

Special emphasis is placed on the developmental and behavioral issues facing families living in the inner city. For interested applicants, the fellowship also offers a special focus on child advocacy, the effects of witnessing violence on children and/or autism and disparities of diagnosis and treatment. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Citizenship Requirement: US citizen required
  • Number of Fellows accepted each year: 1-3
  • Training: MD, must have passed all three parts of the licensing exam prior to 1/1 of the starting year of fellowship
  • Duration of fellowship: 3 years

Learn more about the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics training program

Why BMC is so special

Current Fellows

Christine McGivney: 07/01/19-06/30/22
Sarah Canale: 07/01/21-
Britany Weissman: 07/01/21-

Former Fellows (.PDF)

Slides Fellowship and Residency at Boston Medical Center (.ppt)

Diverse Patients Need Diverse Providers (.pdf)

Choosing a Residency at Boston Medical Center (.pdf)

For general information about program or application materials, please contact:

Kristin Cordes
Fellowship Coordinator
617.414.3665
Kristin.Cordes@bmc.org

For program information, please contact:

Audrey Christiansen, MD, Program Director
Boston Medical Center
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
850 Harrison Ave, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
617.414.3602
audrey.christiansen@bmc.org

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