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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

We offer a well-rounded fellowship program with robust experiences in clinical care, research, quality improvement and advocacy. Our 3-year program allows for the training of 2 physicians each year who are board certified or board eligible in pediatrics or pediatrics/internal medicine. Our focus is on providing exceptional education in a supportive and collaborative environment.

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Welcome to Akron Children’s! It is hard to put into words that feeling you get when you walk through our doors, but we think it can be best described as our culture of caring. That culture permeates our halls, and it impacts every interaction we have with our patients and families and with each other. Our supportive environment, focus on collaboration, pursuit of innovation and dedication to child-first and family-focused care are other defining features of our division and our fellowship program.

Supportive Environment: Our department is warm and inclusive with a small program feel, but a much bigger impact! We offer flexible and individualized approaches to learning based on fellow goals. Strong mentorship opportunities are facilitated to ensure fellows achieve their goals in all aspects of career development.

Collaboration: We are committed to collaboration and interdisciplinary team-based care. Being situated within the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center allows us to work closely with our colleagues across disciplines to optimize clinical care and scholarly work. Research partnerships within and across institutions are developed to support fellows in their scholarly work. We also encourage partnerships with community and national organizations as part of fellows’ advocacy work.

Innovation: We have an enthusiastic team that champions the incorporation of educational innovation for learners and hands-on experience with novel approaches to clinical care, including use of telehealth. With scholarly interests in medical education innovation, we embrace and integrate pioneering approaches to teaching. We also work to optimize outcomes for our patients through health services research focusing on individuals with developmental and behavioral challenges.

Child-first and Family-focused Care: Being part of a free-standing children’s hospital with robust services allows us to focus all our clinical, scholarly and advocacy efforts on kids and teens! We are committed to training fellows to provide high quality, culturally humble clinical care. Advancing clinical autonomy allows fellows to become skilled in evaluation, including testing, treatment and medication management across care modalities.

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Diane Langkamp, MD, MPH
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Director
Akron Children's
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308

Anna Dusseau
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Our overarching goal is to prepare fellows for leadership roles as clinicians, teachers, investigators, and advocates for children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral challenges. We do this by providing fellows with:

  • Significant depth and breadth in clinical encounters across a variety of settings
  • Opportunities to participate in team-based evaluations in numerous interdisciplinary clinics
  • Experience teaching medical students, residents, interdisciplinary team members and families
  • Support and mentorship in advocacy and scholarly work
  • Flexibility to design elements of their own training to create educational opportunities that align with their personal goals


Fellows follow their own patients throughout training in twice-weekly continuity clinics. Fellows also participate in structured learning activities throughout training, including didactics focused on ABP DBP content; shared didactics with psychology, psychiatry and neuropsychiatry; wellness curriculum; DEI curriculum; journal clubs and case conferences.

Additional experiences vary by year as outlined below:

Year 1

  • Family Child Learning Center
  • Autism Diagnostic Clinic
  • NICU Follow Up Clinic
  • Down Syndrome Clinic
  • Myelo Clinic
  • Physiatry
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Triple P Training

Year 2

  • School Success Clinic
  • Community Schools
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Feeding Team
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Research
  • Electives

Year 3

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Advocacy
  • Presentations

Some variability in rotation timing may occur from year to year; most clinical experiences are longitudinal.

*Fellowship Stipends 2024-25

PL-4 – $71,443

PL-5 – $72,871

PL-6 -- $74,329

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Stipends

PL-1 – $63,384

PL-2 – $64,652

Optometry Fellowship Stipend

PL-1 - $63,384


House officers are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.

Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.

Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.


*This information may differ by fellowship. Please check with the director for specifics.

Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.

Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.

Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.

Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.

Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.


A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.

Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.


Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.

Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.

Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.

One of our goals is to support fellows in becoming skilled in scholarly investigation and in understanding the evolving science relevant to developmental-behavioral pediatrics. With the support of program leadership, the Director of Research and Education, and methodological and statistical services through the Research Institute, fellows will complete a scholarly project that aligns with their area of interest. All fellows complete epidemiology and biostatistics courses through the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) Program. Fellows who are interested have the option of completing the full Master of Public Health program. Other optional programs offered through Northeast Ohio Medical University available to fellows include master or certificate in global health and innovation, certificate in medical ethics and humanities and the Fellowship in Academic Medicine (FAME) teaching track.

Selected Publications

Kellom KS, Flaherty CM, Cacia J, Christiansen A, Cordero L, Hah J, Kennelly A, Ortiz P, Stefanski K, Wozniak SN, Wallis KE. Provider and Caregiver Perspectives on Telehealth Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: A Multimethod DBPNet Study Exploring Equity. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 2023 June 14.

Hung KT, Branch JM, McManus MD, Brown M, Langkamp DL. Through the Webcam: Impact of Telehealth on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship Training. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 2023 May 20;44(4):e263-8.

Pillai R and Branch J. “IEPs and 504 Plans: A Guide for Parents.”, 24 February 2023.

Pillai R and Branch J. “5 Ways to Keep Kids With Special Health Care Needs Healthy and in School.”, 22 February, 2023.

Bauer KW, Branch JM, Appugliese DP, Pesch MH, Miller AL, Lumeng JC, Kaciroti N. Emerging Ideas. How Do Low‐Income Mothers Talk to Children About Weight and Body Shape?. Family Relations. 2021 Dec;70(5):1477-84.

Stefanski KJ, Anixt JS, Goodman P, Bowers K, Leisenring W, Scott Baker K, Burns K, Howell R, Davies S, Robison LL, Armstrong GT. Long-term neurocognitive and psychosocial outcomes after acute myeloid leukemia: A childhood cancer survivor study report. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2021 Apr 6;113(4):481-95.

Wallis KE, Mulé C, Mittal S, Cerda N, Shaffer R, Scott A, Langkamp D, Augustyn M, Perrin E, Soares N, Blum NJ. Use of telehealth in fellowship-affiliated developmental behavioral pediatric practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 2021 May 1;42(4):314-21.

Langkamp DL, Barnes AJ, Zuckerman KE. Secondary Analysis of Existing Data Sets for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 2021 May 1;42(4):322-30.

Langkamp DL, Dusseau A, Brown MF. Vaccine hesitancy and low immunization rates in children with Down syndrome. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020 Aug 1;223:64-7.

Stefanski K, Mason K. Acing education: pilot curriculum on adverse childhood experiences. Medical Education. 2017 Nov;51(11):1167-8.

Raman S, Guerrero-Duby S, McCullough JL, Brown M, Ostrowski-Delahanty S, Langkamp D, Duby JC. Screen exposure during daily routines and a young child’s risk for having social-emotional delay. Clinical Pediatrics. 2017 Nov;56(13):1244-53.


Selected Posters, Presentations and Workshops

Branch J, Myrick Y, Takayama J. Helping Families Navigate Systems: Special Education and SSI for Children with Disabilities. AAP Pedialink Online Course. June 9, 2023. Webinar.

Langkamp DL, Weixel T, Wildman BG. HPV Vaccine Hesitancy among Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults with Down Syndrome. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. April 30, 2023. Poster Presentation.

Skiviat N, Langkamp D, Brown M, Brown R. Access to Mental Health Services for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Down Syndrome and Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. April 30, 2023. Poster Presentation.

Stefanski K, Coon A, Smith D, Wildman B, Skiviat N, Langkamp D. Oh Look! A Bug!: Use of “Bug-in-the-Ear” Technology to Give Real-Time Feedback to Trainees. Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, October 21, 2022. Workshop.

Foster J. Impact of COVID on Children, Families and Professionals in EI. The Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. October 19, 2022. Virtual Presentation.

Kennelly A, Wozniak S, Craig S, Flaherty CM, Kellom K, Cacia J, Christiansen A, Cordero L, Ortiz P, Stefanski K, Wallis KE. Preferred Family Language and Telehealth Uptake for DBP Assessments: A DBPNet Study. American Academy of Pediatrics, National Conference and Exhibition, Anaheim, CA: October 8, 2022. Platform Presentation.

Stefanski K, Brown M, Langkamp D. Assessing Use of Bug-in-Ear Technology as a Novel Feedback Tool. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. April 2022. Poster Presentation.

Weixel T, Langkamp D, Wildman BG. Vaccine hesitancy among parents of adolescents with Down syndrome. Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. October 22, 2022. Poster Presentation.

Stefanski K, Ferreira L, Uy R, Smith J, Weber S. Our Favorite Things: MedEd Edition. Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Virtual Meeting, October 21, 2021. Workshop.

Kolla S, Foster J.  CONNECTIONS: A comparison of virtual and face-to-face formats of early intervention for children diagnosed with Autism.  Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Virtual Meeting, October 2021.  Poster Presentation.

Wallis KE, Kellom K, Christiansen A, Cordero L, Flaherty CM, Hah J, Stefanski K, Ortiz P. Experiences in Telemedicine in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: A DBPNet Mixed-Methods Study of Providers and Caregivers. AAP National Conference and Exhibition (Virtual), October 2021. Poster Presentation.

Foster J. Systems and Programs that Support Children with Disabilities: What Pediatric Trainees and Early Career Physicians Need to Know. AAP Council on Children with Disabilities Series, January 28, 2021. Virtual Office Hours.

Weber S, Cederna-Meko C, O’Connell L, Stefanski K. Back to Basics: Teaching and Remediating Patient-Centered Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Virtual Meeting, October 9, 2020. Workshop.

Foster J. Autism Update: The New AAP Clinical Report, A Pediatrician’s Perspective. Milestones National Autism Conference, June 3, 2020. Virtual Presentation.

Foster J. Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs During COVID-19. Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center Ask an Expert Series, US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and the American Academy of Pediatrics, May 27, 2020. Virtual Presentation.

Stefanski K, Branch J, Weber S. Ditching the (Traditional) Didactic: Using Neuroscience to Maximize Learning. Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, September 13, 2019. Workshop.

Foster J. Minding the Gap – Traversing Forward, goal setting session to bridge the gap. 13th Annual Development, Behavior & Emotions Update: Minding the Gap: Bridging Systems of Care for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. Akron Children’s, June 7, 2019. Presentation.

Foster J. Moving Targets: Treatment Across the Lifespan for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. American Academy of Pediatrics, National Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, November 4, 2018. Focused topic presentation.

Stefanski K, Ferreira-Corzo L, Edrees H, Weber S. Harnessing the Power of Technology to Provide Optimal Learner Development. Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Anaheim, CA, September 14, 2018. Workshop.

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