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Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics

The Division focuses on leading the way to improve health, well-being, quality of life, and outcomes for young patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. Our faculty and physicians earn national recognition for excellence in clinical and academic developmental / behavioral pediatrics.

Essential to Our Mission

  • Support families through interdisciplinary and family-centered clinical service
  • Provide innovative teaching and training to build future leadership in the field of developmental / behavioral pediatrics and cutting-edge research
  • Engage the community through awareness and partnership
  • Promote inclusion and advocacy for patients and their families
Patient Care
Patient Care

Division faculty provide outpatient care and consultation through sections at UT Southwestern, Children's Healthâ„ , and Scottish Rite for Children in several specialized clinics, such as the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic and the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children.


Research in the Division of Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics encompasses a broad range of pediatric health services, access to health care, patient safety, racial/ethnic disparities, language issues, bullying, obesity, teen dating, and transitional care for adolescents and young adults. Our faculty and fellows collaborate on research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and qualify for research funding.

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Faculty in the Division of Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics educate physicians and psychologists, actively involving trainees at all levels in patient cares in our clinics. One major duty of faculty involves training pediatric residents to evaluate development and behavior, and to treat developmental disabilities. Residents receive direct teaching in various clinics, along with didactic education in everything from dyslexia, ADHD, and Down syndrome, to anxiety issues, learning challenges and more.

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The Division of Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics at UT Southwestern offers three fellowship programs. The Division’s Child Abuse Fellowship last three years and covers patient care and procedural skills, interpersonal and communication skills, medical knowledge, problem-based learning, system-based practice and professionalism. Our Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship emphasizes those same key areas of proficiency. The Division's Adolescent Medicine fellowship covers the support and guidance of future adolescent medicine physicians to promote the optimal health and well-being of all adolescents and young adults. 

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Richard Adams, M.D.

Richard Adams, M.D.


Chief, Division of Pediatric Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics

Annual Report

2022 Annual Report