Developmental-Behavioral Center

Developmental-Behavioral Center

About Developmental-Behavioral Center

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 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.

Behavioral Health Center Specialties Developmental-Behavioral Center Staff

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.

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