COVID-19 Updates

Visit UC San Diego's Coronavirus portal for the latest information for the campus community.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics


​Adam Braddock, MD, Mphil

Associate Clinical Professor

Clinical Interests
General Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Academic Interests
School Health, Ethis, Developmental Behavioral Disorders


YI HUI LIU, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics ​
Section Head, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics​

Clinical Interests
Evaluation and care of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, intellectual disability, developmental delays​

Academic Interests
Complex ADHD, interprofessional collaboration, systems of care for children with developmental disabilities/behavioral conditions

​Sheila Gahagan, MD, MPH ​

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics ​
Division Chief, UCSD Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development, and Community Health​

Clinical Interests
Dr. Gahagan is a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician with a special interest in evaluation and care of infants and toddlers with developmental delay and behavioral concerns. Her expertise lies in infant and toddler regulation disorders (including sleep problems), difficulty feeding, excessive crying and tantrums, attachment disorders, complications of prematurity, and fetal alcohol syndrome. She also cares for many children with autism spectrum disorders and ADHD.​

Academic Interests
Dr. Gahagan’s research focuses on understanding health disparities in child growth and development and the role of nutrition on long-term developmental outcomes. Specifically, she studies the role of iron on the developing brain and the long-term consequences of iron deficiency anemia. She also studies how early life childhood obesity affects development and health.

​Lauren Gist, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor​

Clinical Interests
Dr. Gist specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics with an interest in the evaluation and care of young children with behavioral challenges, children with developmental and behavioral concerns associated with genetic conditions, autism, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.​

Academic Interests
Teaching medical students and residents about developmental-behavior pediatrics. Autism and genetic disorders leading to developmental delays.

​​THEODORA NELSON, MD

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician ​

Clinical Interests
Assessing and advocating for children and adolescents with learning disabilities. Providing preventative care for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. ​

Academic Interests
Parenting skills and the role of the developmental pediatrician in schools.

​Cecilia Rhodus, MD​

Medical Staff-Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician​

Clinical Interests
Diagnosing and working with children on the autism spectrum;Teaching social skills to children with ASD; Providing developmental assessments in multi-disciplinary clinics (Turners, Down Syndrome); Sleep difficulties​

Academic Interests​
Rady's Autism Friendly Hospital Initiative​

​​CAROLYN SAWYER, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics ​

Clinical Interests
Preventative care and treatment for children with developmental delays, behavioral issues, learning difficulties or mental health concerns.​

Academic Interests
Neurodevelopmental outcomes of children born preterm.

​Tasha Taylor, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician​
Developmental Clinic at San Ysidro Health​

Clinical Interests
Evaluating and treating children, adolescents, and young adults who are experiencing learning difficulties, attentional deficits, developmental delays, behavioral issues, emotional problems, and other mental health concerns. ​

Academic Interests
Cultural influences affecting familial beliefs about Autism.​

 

Show additional content areas below