Child Development/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

The Child Development/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship at IU School of Medicine trains graduates from a variety of health care, public health and advocacy disciplines. Medical fellows have access to a rich and dynamic interdisciplinary leadership training experience focused on life course and autism spectrum disorders and other developmental conditions.

The program prepares doctors for careers in academic medicine, research, education, community advocacy and clinical practice. The fellowship is embedded in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program (LEND), a federally funded training program through the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau, that was developed to produce leaders and innovators in the field of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.


The Child Development/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship has five primary curriculum components: supervised clinical experience and training within the interdisciplinary evaluation clinic, interdisciplinary didactic learning via monthly core training curriculum, weekly topical studies, community-based learning opportunities, and research.

Didactic and experiential learning across key content areas are infused throughout the curriculum. Targeted content areas include leadership, interdisciplinary practice, life course, cultural competence, autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, and family and community.

Each trainee’s learning path is documented through an individualized training plan created in partnership with supervisors and the training director.


Trainees are required to participate in a variety of research and evaluation activities. Fellows with extended hours can initiate their own research project while others can support faculty research endeavors. Trainees are expected to access the online public health datasets to assist in exploring their questions and inquiries and to present their research findings at an annual poster session. There are opportunities to attend and present at state and national conferences as well.