The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (D&B Peds) is committed to the delivery of exemplary clinical care, to advancing research and to training future healthcare professionals.
The division provides comprehensive evaluation and management of children with developmental and behavioral differences. Faculty members in the division provide clinical services and research at the UC Irvine Child Development Center (CDC), UC Irvine Child Development School and Early Intervention Program, CHOC Children’s Hospital and The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
The CDC is a nationally recognized center of excellence in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders of attention, behavior, and learning. The CDC providers offer comprehensive, compassionate care that combines clinical experience with cutting-edge research. Diagnostic evaluations include a behavioral assessment by a psychologist, as well as psychometric, neuropsychological and double-blind medication assessments.
The UC Irvine Health Child Development School together with the Orange County Health Care Agency, through the Mental Health Services Act, offers a unique, school-based mental health program for children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and other neuro-developmental conditions. The only program of its kind in Orange County and the surrounding region, the school uses evidence-based methods to help children with behavioral or developmental challenges which make it difficult to function in typical school and in social settings. The school currently provides a regular education curriculum to about 90 children in grades 1 through 6. The mission of the program is to provide education in the manner in which children can best reach their social, emotional, and academic potential.
The division oversees CHOC/UC Irvine neurodevelopmental programs. These programs provide access to comprehensive evaluations, diagnosis, support, education and advocacy for children 0-5 who are at risk for or who evidence developmental, behavioral or learning problems. Program faculty and staff support families and health care providers and work with community partners to create a seamless network of developmental services. These programs are supported by the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and include The Center for Autsim & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, CUIDAR for Attention and Learning, EDAC, and Help Me Grow.
Francis M. Crinella, PhD
Kimberley Dawn Lakes, PhD
Jean G. Gehricke, PhD
Marc A. Lerner, MD
Sabrina E. Brierley Schuck, PhD
Lisa A. Snider, MD
Robin Steinberg-Epstein, MD
James M. Swanson, PhD
Sharon B. Wigal, PhD
Tim L. Wigal, PhD