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.

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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

Contact Us

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

Specialty Clinics

Autism Program

The Autism Program assists and empowers individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and related disabilities through direct patient care and support, provider education, and community-based outreach. This unique Program fills a critical gap in existing community and hospital-based resources for families of children with autism because few programs are available in Boston for families with limited English proficiency.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center provides developmental evaluations and nutritional assessments of former premature infants or term infants with complicated newborn courses.

Baby Steps is a multidisciplinary clinic staffed by a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, occupational therapists and two dietitians. In addition, we have a family outreach advocate who links families to community-based services and resources.

Center for Family Navigation and Community Health Promotion

Welcome to the Center for Family Navigation and Community Health Promotion!

Our Center serves as a platform within our Pediatrics department to encourage family-centered interventions delivered by “family navigators,” a type of community health worker (CHW).

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. 

Children's HealthWatch

Children's HealthWatch, formerly known as the Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program, monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children. Since its founding in 1998 at BMC by Dr. Deborah Frank, it has produced original, timely research and analysis linking nutrition, housing, energy and other policy issues to children’s health and development.

Good Grief Program

The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center provides support to children and families at a time when they may feel most vulnerable: after a child has experienced a significant loss. Although loss is an inevitable part of life; the experience of a significant loss such as death, divorce, or separation from a primary caregiver challenges us all, especially children.

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.

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.

Our Team

Marilyn C Augustyn, MD

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

Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability, learning disability, family supports

Rachel S Amgott, NP

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

Pediatrics, Development and Behavior, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

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Deborah A Frank, MD

Director, Grow Clinic for Children
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Developmental Behavioral pediatrics, Failure to Thrive

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Mei A Elansary, MD

Child Development, Cross Cultural, Compassionate, Evidence Based, Advocacy

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John S Maypole, MD

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

Pediatric complex care, children and youth with special health care needs, primary care, medical education, patient communication

Genevieve L Preer, MD

Pediatrician

All infants and children aged 0-13, Children who have recently immigrated, Children who have experienced adversity, Children in foster care

Ana C Sanchez, MD

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts
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Megan T Sandel, MD

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

Failure to Thrive, Environmental Health, Housing and Health, Community Asthma Programs, Advocacy

Jodi E Santosuosso, NP

Pediatrician

Developmental Behavioral pediatrics, Mindful Parenting for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Naomi J Steiner, MD

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

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, ADHD and Executive Function Deficits, Developmental Delay, Learning disabilities

Barry S Zuckerman, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

General Pediatrics, Child Development

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Additional Resources

The Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death

All Boston (and you!) Can Do For Your Child

Residency and Fellowship Information

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

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

Affiliations

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As the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston Medical Center is devoted to training future generations of healthcare professionals.  Learn more about Boston University School of Medicine.