Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship prepares pediatricians for an academic career in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Our Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship program was established in 1984 and has been ACGME accredited since 2003. The program is designed to prepare pediatricians for an academic career in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics through training in the identification and management of clinical conditions, the conduct of research, and the development of teaching and administration skills.

Training is principally based at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with significant additional experiences at the Nisonger Center for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will have met training requirements for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

What You Need to Know

Program Overview

First Year

The first year is an immersion in clinical training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. The fellow spends the majority of their time (70 to 90%) in clinical experiences acquiring skill and expertise in taking a detailed developmental and behavioral history, performing a physical examination pertinent to the presenting concerns, and conducting appropriate developmental and/or behavioral assessments. Clinical knowledge and expertise is acquired primarily through experiences in the programs responsible for general developmental and general behavioral evaluation, with some more focused training in specialized clinics such as Down Syndrome Clinic and the Comprehensive Pediatric Feeding Program. 

This clinical training is accompanied by an ongoing series of didactic presentations on developmental-behavioral topics, and on skills in conducting research and teaching. The fellow also spends time early in the year meeting all core and affiliated faculty, identifying a topic for their scholarly activity, and assembling a scholarship oversight committee with assistance from the Program Director.

Second Year

The second year is a period of increasing activity in the fellow’s identified scholarly project, accompanied by continued refinement of clinical skills. As the second year progresses, more of the clinical activities scheduled are selected through a process of reviewing those areas where the fellow has already acquired expertise as determined by faculty, and those areas the fellow and faculty feel are in need of continued improvement. In addition, more time is set aside for the fellow to work on their scholarly project. The fellow may spend additional time in a specific clinical program associated with the area of scholarly work. Finally, the fellow spends an increasing amount of time in a role as preceptor to trainees at lower levels, and developing teaching and presentation skills.

Third Year

The third year is the year most flexible in finalizing the fellow’s individual learning plan. Clinical areas of greatest interest, and any clinical areas of weakness, are the focus of clinical experiences. Completion of the scholarly project and continued experience practicing teaching skills round out the fellow’s schedule.

Application & Selection

Applicants for the Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program must be registered with National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and should submit their application via Association of American Medical Colleges' Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications must be submitted through ERAS; paper applications will not be accepted.

Applications are considered July through October of each year. Interviews are conducted August through October. The fellowship program commences each year on July 1. We encourage applicants to apply early in the application process to insure flexibility with interview scheduling.

Required application documents to be submitted via ERAS:

  • Complete ERAS Application

  • Medical School Transcript (certified English translation if from foreign institution)

  • Three letters of recommendation (more than three is optional)

  • Personal Statement

  • Current CV

  • USMLE transcript with scores to date

  • MSPE/Dean's Letter (Required for U.S. medical schools; provide if available for foreign medical schools)

  • Photograph for ERAS system (optional)

International Graduates

In accordance with Nationwide Children’s policy, foreign medical graduates must have a J1 VISA, which will require approval from the Designated Institutional Official and the Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Program Director.


Please direct questions to Katherine Steingass, MD, Program Director at