Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency

The Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Residency Training Program at Indiana University School of Medicine is a triple-board program and one of only two programs of its kind in the midwest. A four-year combined program of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, this residency has four Neurodevelopmental Disabilities-boarded faculty, 11 CN-boarded faculty and incorporates a broad spectrum of pediatric and neurologic subspecialists at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, one of the largest and busiest children’s hospital in the United States. Residents benefit from a diverse patient population, as they train at the five teaching hospitals on the IU School of Medicine campus in Indianapolis.

What are neurodevelopmental disabilities?

Neurodevelopmental disabilities are a group of disorders that start in infancy or early childhood and are caused by brain dysfunction. They manifest as problems with cognition, motor abilities, language and perception. Current studies suggest prevalence is as much as 17 percent of all school-age children. Because neurodevelopmental disabilities are a result of an underlying static encephalopathy, they continue to affect individuals across their lifespan.

Careers for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Specialtists

A neurodevelopmental disabilities specialist is a pediatrician and a neurologist who uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to work with specialists in genetics, metabolism, psychiatry, rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, and allied health fields in addition to the children/adults they serve, their families, schools and communities. Many neurodevelopmental disabilities specialists establish careers in academic centers; some work in or are directors at rehabilitation facilities; others work in private practice.

Program Leadership

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program Director works closely with the Program Directors from the Pediatrics, Adult Neurology and Child Neurology Programs. Their collaborative efforts enhance the residency training experience at IU School of Medicine. Residents also have the opportunity to train with Developmental Pediatrics, Adult Neurology and Child Neurology faculty.

Thomas M. Lock, MD

Thomas M. Lock, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Laurence E. Walsh, MD

Laurence E. Walsh, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Karen L. Roos, MD

Karen L. Roos, MD

John and Nancy Nelson Professor of Neurology
Jerry L. Rushton, MD,  MPH

Jerry L. Rushton, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics