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Child Development

The Division of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, led by Angela Tomlin, PhD, is home to the Riley Child Development Center (RCDC), providing services to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and developing professionals to work with that population.

Clinical Care

Child Development specialists evaluate and assess learning, behavioral and other developmental issues, including autism, communication disorders, cognitive abilities, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
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LEND Training

Interdisciplinary LEND trainees participate in scholarship, research, and advocacy in tandem with clinical service, supporting children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
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Child Development faculty follow an interdisciplinary model of care for families and work with a diverse team of pediatric specialists.
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The Division of Child Development performs a wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects.  The division’s primary areas of research include: autism spectrum disorders, care coordination for children with special health care needs, factors associated with pediatric vaccination hesitancy, evaluation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) training materials, reflective practice and supervision, and factors affecting early childhood development – including trauma, parental incarceration, access to quality daycare and foster care.  Child development investigators successfully use knowledge gleaned from research to inform treatment options and health care policy.

Community-based Training

This team of faculty and staff in the Division of Child Development also conduct training workshops and conferences for community practitioners around the state who seek specific skills and competence in their field of practice—particularly in the areas of neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. Recent trainings have included: infant and toddler mental health, social-emotional development,  behavioral interventions, ethics in the early childhood workforce, mindfulness for health care professionals, and health care advocacy.  Workshops and conferences also include components that are useful for families seeking skills and ideas to support their children with developmental disabilities.

Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellows have access to a rich and dynamic interdisciplinary leadership training experience focused on the life course of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental conditions. Fellows split their time between the divisions of Child Development and Developmental Pediatrics.

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