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Developmental Pediatrics

The Division of Developmental Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine is home to a unique interdisciplinary team of physicians and nurse practitioners. Physicians in this specialty division are board-certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and/or Pediatrics. Based at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, the Developmental Pediatrics team values family-centered patient care and collaborate with families, community groups, primary care physicians and other Riley subspecialists to optimize health outcomes for our patients and their families.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Patients seen by this pediatric specialty team typically have complex medical conditions, sometimes compounded by difficult social situations. Using an interdisciplinary team approach, the faculty pediatricians and trainees in this division care for all aspects of the patient in order to best meet his/ her needs. The team fosters a positive patient-provider relationship by promoting mutual respect, providing patient education materials, connecting families to local resources and advocating for patients. The division continuously seeks out improved ways to meet the needs of young patients in Indiana and the Midwest. These efforts include increasing accessibility to care by creating early evaluation autism hubs throughout the state, collaborating with subspecialists to improve feeding outcomes, and partnering with primary care physicians to optimize patient care.

Indianapolis Campus

Modern Clinical Facilities in Urban Setting

The IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus includes four major hospitals and several large research centers, providing easy access for clinicians. Team members are encouraged to take advantage of campus activities and enjoy the vibrant downtown attractions, events, activities and well-known hospitality of Indiana residents. 

Division Leadership

Division Chief
12673-Christensen, Celanie

Celanie K. Christensen, MS, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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Clinical Care

The Developmental Pediatrics program provides evaluation and treatment for children at risk for developmental and feeding problems.
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Matthew Miller, MD, collaborates with Michelle Curtin, DO, in clinic


Faculty in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics participate in collaborative research across multiple disciplines.
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Jordan Huskins, MD, makes a patient comfortable during an examination


The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency is an ACGME accredited 4-6 year training program.

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Marilyn Bull, MD, works with a student during clinic


The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship includes didactic and experiential learning.

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