This program sees children from birth to 22 years with a variety of developmental and behavioral issues including developmental language delay, school challenges including ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, traumatic exposures and their impact, and more.

Visit the emergency room or call 911 if you feel your child is at risk of hurting themselves or others.

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. This visit is typically virtual. For example: early intervention records, teacher information, prior testing, etc.
  • Visit 2 is an assessment/evaluation with the child. This visit is in person.  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.Ideally this is in person but can be changed to telemedicine if necessitated. 

For appointments or more information, please call 617.414.4841.

Contact Us

801 Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA 02119
7th Floor
Crosstown Center

Monday, Wednesday Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00PM Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Specialty Clinics

Child Witness to Violence Project

The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) provides free, specialized counseling, advocacy, and outreach services to support young children and their caregivers. CWVP works with children, ages birth to 8 years old, who have been exposed to domestic violence, community violence, or other potentially traumatic events. From within Boston Medical Center's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, CWVP has provided therapy to thousands of children and their families since its inception in 1992. 

Grow Clinic

The Grow Clinic for Children is an outpatient subspecialty clinic at Boston Medical Center that started in 1984 to provide comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to children from the Greater Boston area referred with Failure To Thrive (FTT) by their primary care physician. In addition to providing clinical services, we advocate for policies that decrease the number of children in need. The Grow Clinic is part of BMC’s Department of Pediatrics.

Programs and Services

Our Team

Developmental and Behavioral Health Team

Developmental and Behavioral Clinicians

Current Fellows

Sarah Canale, MD

Britany Weissman, MD

Rachel Vuolo, MD

Referral Team

Katie Campbell

Sharon Nerboso

Grow Clinic

Child Protection

Elizabeth Egan, LCSW

Taneequa Fields, LCSW

Autism Program

Lauren Bartolotti

Sara Bastin

Katie Campbell

Liz Ferriero

Alex Friedman

Maddy Goskoski

Hillary Hollis

Shari Krauss

Jacqueline McKendry

Comprehensive Care Program

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

Patient Resources

Enrolling your Child in Early Intervention:  Children less than three years of age are eligible for services through Early Intervention. Please visit to find resources for an evaluation for your child. Parents can self refer and providers will evaluate your child in the home or at a center in your area to provide therapy. 

Parent School Special Education Resource Packet: The following packet provides information for parents about the process to obtain an Individualized Education Plan for your child. Parents can provide a letter to the school requesting an evaluation if they are concerned about their child’s progress in school.  Concerns can also include speech and language delays.
All Boston (and you!) Can Do For Your Child (ABCD) - English
All Boston (and you!) Can Do For Your Child (ABCD) - Spanish
All Boston (and you!) Can Do For Your Child (ABCD) - Haitian Creole
All Boston (and you!) Can Do For Your Child (ABCD) - Portuguese

Provider Resources

Additional Information

Department News

Research Overview

Information about our current research is available via our annual research highlights:

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2021 Research Highlights
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2022 Research Highlights

Residency and Fellowship Information

The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) training program offers clinical, academic and advocacy training in the context of an urban setting. Our primary clinical training site is at Boston Medical Center, which is the largest safety net hospital in New England and has a long standing commitment to providing exceptional care without exception. Special emphasis is placed on the DBP issues families face living in the inner city.

Learn more about our training program. 

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

Kristin Cordes
Fellowship Coordinator

For program information, please contact:

Audrey Christiansen, MD, Program Director
Boston Medical Center
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
801 Massachusetts Avenue, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02118