The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders), founded in 1998, is a collaborative international research and clinical center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders. The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the MIND Institute brings added resource support for fellows in the areas of education, research and community service. Multidisciplinary researchers, clinicians and staff include developmental-behavioral pediatrics, psychology, genetics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and education.
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic
The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinics provide consultative and ongoing clinical care to a broad range of children with developmental and behavioral concerns, including children with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders such as fragile X, tic disorders, learning disorders and ADHD, and NICU follow-up clinic
Fellows have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team with a child psychiatrist and clinical psychologists to assess and diagnose children with suspected ADHD, learn about medication management, and participate in behavioral parent training and adolescent organizational skill groups.
The Feeding Recovery Clinic provides intensive feeding intervention services for children with severe feeding difficulties and developmental delays. The clinic is developing effective strategies to wean children off gastrostomy tubes and nasogastric tubes, as well as prevent tube placement. The Feeding Recovery Clinic team includes two speech therapists, a dietician, a behaviorist, a child psychiatrist and a developmental behavioral pediatrician.
Fellows will participate in assessing children with supervising attendings in Genetics and genetic counselors in order to understand the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorder. In addition, fellows will gain exposure on their Down Syndrome clinic rotation to the medical, developmental, and behavioral management of children with Down syndrome.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The psychiatry outpatient clinic at the MIND Institute provides additional instruction on assessment and pharmacological treatment of mental health and behavioral symptoms.
Fellows will rotate through neurology clinic to enhance their skill in taking a neurologic history, performing a comprehensive neurologic exam, and understanding of epilepsy and other neurological diseases.
During this rotation, the fellows will enhance their skills and knowledge in the care of children with physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, neural tube defects, traumatic brain injury, and neuromuscular disorders.
The rotation in adolescent medicine provides exposure to adolescents and young adults with special health care needs and complex mental health problems, including homeless and vulnerable youth who have been or are in foster care.
Triumph Preschool is a community-based, inclusive preschool where fellows provide behavioral observations and in-class support to teachers, develop positive behavioral plans, and participate in interdisciplinary case conferences.