The University of Arizona Health Sciences

Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics

Faculty in the Division of Genetic and Developmental Pediatrics serve families of children who are at risk for, or diagnosed with a genetic, neurodevelopmental, or behavioral condition by providing comprehensive diagnostic and evaluative services throughout the community. 

The division is dedicated to delivering interprofessional training and conducting research and program evaluation aimed at improving quality of life, decreasing barriers to care, and improving early identification and intervention by serving children and families at risk, collaborating with the community,  and educating new and practicing professionals. This inter-professional training is accomplished through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) grant with support from HRSA. 

The division has grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and state contract to perform research on Fragile X, spina bifida, autism, Children's Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE), and muscular dystrophy with a variety of projects evaluating the health and health outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Our faculty address the following issues:

  • Children with possible autism spectrum disorder
  • Academic struggles with no clear diagnosis
  • Learning disabilities where the family feels they need additional support
  • Global developmental delay with no diagnosis
  • Attention issues that are not responding to treatment
  • Syndromic/chromosomal disorders in which the family may need guidance understanding cognitive abilities, life planning, and other related issues
  • Motor delays without diagnosis