Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

120 Suburban Road
Suite 203

Knoxville, TN 37923
Hours 8am-4:30pm (M-F), closed all major holidays

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.