Center for Children with Special Needs

Interdisciplinary Training + Education


  • The Tufts interprofessional training program nurtures and educates future leaders in pediatric neurodevelopmental care to be compassionate, knowledgeable, and skillful clinicians, advocates, and scholars.
  • We value the uniqueness and diversity of each trainee’s life experience.
  • We support and empower trainees to accomplish their professional development and career goals through individual mentorship, bidirectional teaching, and collaborative problem solving in an interprofessional setting.
  • We mentor trainees to identify inequities and impact systems of care to improve access and promote inclusivity at an individual and policy level.

Individualized • Interprofessional •  Inclusive


is a core mission of the professionals at the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN). As an ACGME accredited Developmental Behavioral Pediatric (DBP) fellowship program, and one of 12 DBP training programs in the United States funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau, we train future leaders in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and other disciplines. Trainees from many areas of medicine learn the importance of child developmental behavioral issues including medical students, pediatric residents, family medicine residents, child psychiatry and pediatric neurology fellows, and practicing pediatricians from around the world. As the CCSN’s focus is strongly multidisciplinary, we also serve as a practicum site for graduate students in social work, psychology, and speech & language pathology. The commitment to interprofessional education (IPE) is core to our partnership with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities (LEND) program based at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.