Developmental Behavioral Center

9017 Cross Park Drive, Suite 300
Knoxville, TN 37923
Phone: (865) 690-1464
Office Hours: 8am-4:30pm (M-F)


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Welcome to Developmental Behavioral Center in Knoxville, TN

Children with learning, developmental and/or behavioral issues may benefit from the experience and training of a pediatrician certified in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Deborah Christiansen and her team have joined the staff of East Tennessee Children's Hospital to provide these services to young children, adolescents and their families.

Upon referral from a child or adolescent's primary care physician, Dr. Christiansen and her team perform a comprehensive evaluation and formulate a customized treatment plan. A child's behavior is assessed in the context of chronological and developmental age and often referrals to other disciplines such as psychology, physical, occupational or speech therapy may be required to complete the evaluation.



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Behavioral Health Center Specialties

East Tennessee Children's Hospital Developmental Behavioral Center specializes in the medical management of Developmental Behavioral issues including:

  • Attention and behavioral disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated conditions including oppositional-defiant behavior, conduct problems, depression, and anxiety disorders
  • School-related learning problems
  • Tics, Tourette syndrome, and other habit disorders
  • Regulatory disorders including sleep disorders, feeding problems, discipline difficulties, complicated toilet-training issues, enuresis (bedwetting), and encopresis (soiling)
  • Developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mental retardation, and visual or hearing impairments
  • Delayed development in speech, language, motor skills, and thinking ability
  • Behavioral and developmental problems complicating the full range of pediatric chronic illnesses and disabling conditions (for example, genetic disorders, epilepsy, prematurity, diabetes, asthma, cancer)

Since the Developmental Behavioral Center is part of Children's Hospital, the team works in concert with other dedicated healthcare professionals including psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, child psychiatrists, child neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, educational diagnosticians, and clinical social workers.

Dr. Christiansen and her team work closely with the family to provide answers and solutions especially when coordinating care with schools and other agencies that the child or adolescent may be involved with on a routine basis. They always dedicate the extra time needed to determine the best treatment options for your child.



Meet the Developmental-Behavioral Center Team

Developmental-Behavioral Center Team

Stephanie Anderson, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years experience in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Jama Boyd, RN


Rachel Holbert

Medical Coordinator

Tracy Thomas

Scheduling Coordinator

Barbie Allen, RN


Telissa Paine, RN




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Our office is located at 9017 Cross Park Drive, Suite 300, Knoxville, TN 37923
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