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. Developmental-Behavioral
pediatricians are trained to examine and treat children in ways that will
help children relax and feel comfortable in order to achieve the most
accurate diagnosis and the greatest results from treatment designed just for them.
Developmental Behavioral Specialist with Child
Developmental-behavioral pediatricians are medical doctors (MDs) who graduated
from a four year medical school, completed three years of residency training
in pediatrics and have certification by the American Board of Pediatrics
in developmental-behavioral pediatrics based on additional experience
in this sub-specialty.
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.
Some of the conditions our Developmental-Behavioral specialists help children
and teens with include anxiety, ADHD, autism, eating disorders, mood disorders,
obsessive-compulsive disorder and intellectual disabilities.
Developmental-Behavioral Center Staff
- Deborah Christiansen, M.D.
- Lauren Johnson, CPNP
- Heather Polk, CPNP
- Jama, Clinical Practice Manager
- Telissa, R.N.
- Sally, R.N.
- Kristy, Brandy & Nikki
Pediatric Behavioral Health Specialists
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.
Forms and Documents
The following resources are available for our patients:
New Patient Forms
Appointments with the Developmental-Behavioral Center are by referral
from a child or adolescent's primary care physician. Doctors can download
and fill out this form to refer patients to our Developmental-Behavioral Center.
Patient Information Forms
Please fill out this patient information and questionnaire form prior
to your visit. This information is used to schedule the most appropriate
appointment and will guide you through the scheduling process and how
to prepare for your appointment.
Medical Records Release
Download this form to authorize the Developmental-Behavioral Center to
release your child's medical records.
Your Child's Behavioral Health
This booklet explains how we identify conditions a child might be dealing
with and how we can help. We would like this information to encourage
you to do further research and give you hope that there is treatment available
for your child.