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Current Fellows

Theodora Nelson, MD (2015-2018)
Dr. Theodora Nelson earned her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in Human Biology.  She then went on to attend medical school at the University of Vermont, School of Medicine, earning her M.D. in 1991.  Afterwards, she moved to California and completed her pediatrics residency at UCSD in 1994.  For 7 years, Dr. Nelson held the position of a general pediatrician at San Ysidro Health Center.  She has been a part of large and small practices and is excited about continuing her training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics.  Her research interest is in the impact of adverse childhood events on parenting and child behaviors.

Heekyung 'Kate' Chae, MD (2016-2019)
Dr. Heekyung 'Kate' Chae  graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelors of Science  in Human Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.  In 2013, she earned her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Afterwards, Dr. Chae moved to California to complete her training in pediatrics residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is deeply interested in the biopsychosocial model of health, learning disorders, early childhood intervention, and prevention strategies.  Her background and interests led her to pursue a career in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Chae is excited to learn more about other unique areas of developmental-behavioral pediatrics during fellowship. Additionally, her other interests in medicine include working with underserved populations, international health, and public health.

Carolyn Sawyer, MD (2017-2020)
Dr. Carolyn Sawyer has been interested in neurodevelopment since her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis where she earned a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. After graduating, she spent two years working in a neurophysiology lab studying pain and itch pathways before returning to medical school at the University of California, San Diego. She then moved cross country and completed a pediatric residency and chief resident year at Duke University. She is excited to return to San Diego to continue to pursue her interests in neurodevelopment and understanding the impact of early life events on development and long term health.