Research Experience

A major goal of the fellowship program is to provide the fellow with the skills necessary to conduct independent clinical research.

To this end, fellows are expected to initiate or participate in a clinical research project under the direction of the faculty.

Prior research interests in our department focused on the impact of low-level lead exposure on early child development, and the measurement of developmental stimulation in the home environment.

Currently fellows are involved in a project which measures the effects of a focused, intense parenting education program on infant/toddler language development.

Fellows are encouraged to propose projects based upon their own research interests. However, for the purpose of following a project through to completion, participation in an ongoing or previously planned faculty project is frequently more practical.

Ongoing research in the department is reviewed in a weekly meeting attended by all fellows and participating faculty, and a course in statistics is part of the curriculum.

As a measure of the success of this research program over the past several years, fellows in our department have presented their research at national meetings of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and the Society for Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics, and have completed projects which have been published or are in press in peer-reviewed journals.