Lane Strathearn, MBBS., Ph.D.

Lane Strathearn, MBBS., PhD
Professor of Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Research focus: 

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


213F CDD Center for Disabilities and Development

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) provides compassionate and state-of-the-art clinical care for children with a variety of challenges and difficulties, including developmental (cognitive, language, social, behavioral, motor) delays, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, hearing/vision impairments, ADHD, learning disorders (such as dyslexia), feeding disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, chronic pain syndromes, and cerebral palsy. The DBP Division also provides leadership for the UI Children’s Hospital Autism Center, which is a collaborative program of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry.

Research in the Division includes a focus on prevention of developmental and behavioral problems in early childhood by examining early parent-child attachment patterns and how a parent's brain responds to seeing and hearing their infant -- during functional brain scanning. Another goal is to better understand how genetics and social environments intersect to predict developmental outcomes in childhood. The Division has been a national leader in research using applied behavior analysis to treat severely challenging behavior, and recent studies have developed practical strategies for using telehealth to expand access to behavioral treatment for children in rural and underserved areas. The Center also participates in the Fragile X Clinical and Research Consortium.

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