Since the program’s inception in 1967,  we have conducted more than 21,000 outpatient visits.The ACGME-accredited Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s offers an excellent 3 year training program with a large faculty and a broad patient population.

Since the program’s inception in 1967, we have had many fellows who have completed training and are working within the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Our program is clinically active with over 17,000 outpatient visits each year, covering ages from birth to 26. With support from child life, social work, psychology, speech / language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, special education, medicine-pediatric transition providers and advanced practice nursing, our fellowship offers exceptional interdisciplinary clinical training.

Some unique aspects of our fellowship include a transition clinic for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, and opportunities for international experiences focusing on children and families with developmental disabilities.

The division is highly collaborative with other divisions within Cincinnati Children’s which allows for broader mentorship, guidance, and experiences for fellowship training.

Research efforts span participation in the multisite national autism treatment network, a Centers for Disease Control-funded Spina Bifida Registry, social skills development training in high functioning children with autism spectrum disorder, shared decision-making in psychotropic medication management with families of children with autism spectrum disorder, sleep needs in children with Down Syndrome, medication response in children with ADHD, effectiveness of a web-based anti-bullying curriculum for teens, and functional outcomes in young children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The division is a participating site in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network.


In the first year of fellowship, the focus is primarily clinical duties with new consultation visits as well as a behavioral and medication continuity clinic. Fellows also participate in the Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program didactic lectures, Cincinnati Children's GME curriculum, as well as conferences provided by other departments. Time is also spent pursuing scholarly work ideas and building a mentorship team. In the second and third year of fellowship, out-patient clinical duties, block rotations on young childhood, motor disabilities, and elective time as well as dedicated research time are the predominant activities.

Our overarching goals of the fellowship program are to:

  • To provide a broad based experience in clinical developmental and behavioral pediatrics with instruction and supervision by qualified faculty (board certified or board eligible) to achieve clinical competence.
  • Build a foundation upon which our graduating physicians can obtain an academic career in the areas of education, research, quality improvement, evidence-based medicine and advocacy and public policy
  • Train physicians who develop lifelong learning habits in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics
  • Develop in each fellow, the attributes of scholarship, self-learning, and critical analysis of clinical problems
  • Produce trainees who are eligible for subspecialty certification

For more information about our fellowship program, please contact our program coordinator Mary Deininger in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 513-636-4966.


To apply, register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). After registering, please submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).