Division of Developmental Medicine

The Division of Developmental Medicine (DDM) was established in 2007, and was the first new division at Boston Children’s Hospital in over twenty years. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive divisions of its type in the United States.

The Division is comprised of the Developmental Medicine Center (DMC), the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), the Brazelton Institute, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR), and the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN).

The mission of the Division of Developmental Medicine is to improve the lives of infants, children, and adolescents who have developmental and behavioral problems, and to support their families throughout their child’s life span. Our goal is to create new models of integrated and collaborative clinical service, training and research, which will lead to better diagnostic acumen, treatment, quality of life, and ultimately cures for developmental and behavioral challenges. In addition, the mission of our community engagement is to expand the capacity of health care providers, teachers and families as they support infants, children and adolescents into young adulthood. 


Nathan Simons, the Down Syndrome Program's Patient Liaison and Boston Children's Hospital's first full-time employee with down syndrome, was recently featured on both NBC Nightly News and WBZ TV. We are incredibly proud of Nathan and his accomplishment of achieving a full time position here at Boston Children's Hospital!


Participating in Research

Do you ever wonder what it's like to participate in a research study? Take a look at the video below to hear from some of our parents and kids about their experience! To learn more and sign up for our Participant Registry, click here

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