Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Christopher Boys

Christopher Boys, PhD, LP, Associate Professor & Division Director, Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience

The Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience emphasizes a holistic approach to child and adolescent care with focus on family and community contexts.

The Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience is comprised of three sections: Pediatric Psychology, Pediatric Neuropsychology, and Autism and Development Disorder.

Education & Training

We provide multi-disciplinary educational programs and rotations for professional, doctoral, post-doctoral students, residents and fellows. Our Autism team also offers Autism Assessment Training as well as several evidence-based treatment groups to address social skills, making and keeping friends, anxiety, and transitioning to adulthood.

Patient Care

The faculty in our division are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and muscles of patients from birth through adolescence. We provide advanced diagnostic techniques and have access to modern testing methods to arrive at an appropriate formulation of the infant or child's problem and a suitable treatment plan. Visit the links below to learn more about our programs.

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program

The Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program offers a variety of services for people with ASD from infancy through adolescence, including diagnostic evaluations, medical consultation, social skills groups and parent consultation. Our experts take a comprehensive approach to working with patients and families to diagnose and identify the needs of children with ASD. Our clinical team will work with you to identify services to support your family and to help your child’s development. For more information about what to expect during your clinic visit click here

Birth to Three Program

Our birth to three program focuses on the neurodevelopment of children who experienced early life adversity, such as institutional care, abuse, war or other types of trauma. Child psychologist, Maria Kroupina, Ph.D., studies questions of how we can best identify and treat these children when they are young, so they can live full lives.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

We have experts in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics who can diagnose, monitor and treat complex developmental and behavioral problems. Whatever a child’s particular challenges, our team will design an effective management plan—with the input of the child’s family—that can ensure the best possible future for the child. We evaluate children’s strengths and challenges and work to develop a care plan that is as unique as your child.

Fragile X Clinic

Our Fragile X Clinic offers evaluation, consultation, treatment, and support for children and adults with fragile X syndrome and related conditions that are tailored to the specific needs of each individual patient. Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists in psychology/neuropsychology and developmental behavioral pediatrics, with internal referrals to neurology, speech/language, genetic counseling, psychiatry, and behavior consultation, and we offer referrals to other service providers as appropriate. 

Pediatric Psychology Program

The Pediatric Psychology Program provides psychology services to children and adolescents that address the developmental learning and behavioral aspects of pediatric medicine. We provide complete neuropsychological evaluations for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology deals with how the brain functions as it influences behavior. Many factors affect a child's unique neuropsychological health. Our experts work in multidisciplinary teams to assess, diagnose and treat your individual child.

Learn about interfacing pediatric neuropsychology with special education.

Research

All members of the division are committed to research, often involving collaboration with faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics, or other areas of the University, to advance understanding of normal and abnormal neurological function.