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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


The mission of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is to maximize the development and well-being of children by strengthening the child, family, and community through interdisciplinary clinical care, advancement of evidence-based practices, professional education, advocacy and research.


The Section of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics provides premier state and national leadership to maximize the development and well-being of children through integrated specialized centers providing interdisciplinary expertise in clinical services, research, training, advocacy, and community support that is family-centered, evidence-based, and culturally effective. The vision of the Section is to foster change so that children are raised in an environment that supports growth and development, allowing them to flourish free of trauma, violence, and disparities.


The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Section is housed jointly at the Child Study Center, an adjacent free-standing facility of the OU College of Medicine, and the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect located at Oklahoma Children's Hospital.

The Child Study Center (CSC) provides individual and interdisciplinary assessment and treatment programs for children with developmental disabilities, social and behavioral challenges, and emotional disorders. 

In addition, staff provide services in the neonate, developmental delay, and meningomyelocele clinics at Oklahoma Children's Hospital and are available for consultation for inpatients.

The Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) was established in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, on the OU Health Sciences Center campus in 1992. The purpose of the CCAN is to organize the Health Sciences Center's efforts in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. CCAN directs research, program administration, clinical services, professional education, program development, and public education in the field of child maltreatment. CCAN provides outpatient psychological services to children, adolescents and families through several ongoing programs. Victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as their caregivers and/or siblings, can receive services.

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics faculty provide instruction to pediatric trainees, including fellows and residents.  Current research projects in the section include projects on fetal drug and alcohol exposure, emotional trauma, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders.

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