Developmental Pediatric Faculty Group Photo 2018


The UAB Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP) aims to provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and timely care for individuals with or at risk for developmental and behavioral conditions, including:

  • Developmental Delay

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Prematurity

  • Behavioral Problems

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Genetic conditions

We will accomplish our mission through:

  • Providing a unified, accessible center with the highest levels of expertise in behavioral and developmental conditions. Working closely with the child’s medical home and build collaborative partnerships with caregivers across medical, psychological, educational, and therapeutic disciplines to ensure a holistic approach to patient- and family-centered care.

  • Collaborating with community organizations and local, state, and national government to advocate for children with developmental and behavioral conditions.

  • Providing outstanding training and education on assessment and treatment of developmental and behavioral conditions to learners across disciplines.

  • Conducting research to advance the knowledge of the biomedical and epidemiologic bases of developmental and behavioral conditions, further the evidence base for treatments and therapies, and expand our capabilities to measure meaningful outcomes for our patients and families.

  • Perform quality improvement work in continually striving to provide efficient, effective, cost-effective, and coordinated delivery of care.


Research projects by our faculty include:

  • National collaborative work with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development’s Neonatal Research Network to learn how to maximize outcomes for children at risk for developmental delays

  • Measuring outcomes for children with autism

  • Characterization of young children presenting to the emergency department with behavioral concerns


Our faculty are actively engaged in training future care providers across disciplines. 
Some of our teaching roles include:

  • Directing and coordinating the required Behavior and Development clinical rotation for the UAB pediatric residents, which provides subspecialty exposure to children with developmental conditions as well as community experiences to learn about care of children beyond the walls of the clinics and hospital

  • Mentorship of residents and medical students on clinical and research projects who have interest in developmental and behavioral problems

  • Giving presentations at local, regional, and national conferences

  • Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO: Autism) 

  • LEND program

Connecting with the community

We are strongly committed to advocating for the children and families we serve.  Our pediatricians collaborate and serve with many organizations, including:

Faculty & Staff

Division Director

Laura McGuinn, M.D.

Faculty List

Developmental & Behavioral Faculty

Clinical Psychologists

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director,Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Director, UAB Early Head Start Program
Clinical Child Psychologist

Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, University of Alabama
Alabama Licensure in psychology

Staff Psychologist

UAB Psychology Training Consortium, Child Specialty Track
Alabama Licensure

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, Interdisciplinary Training at UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Clinical Child Psychologist

PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, University of Alabama


Sarah graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003 and from the University of North Alabama with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2012. She has been a nurse since 2003 at UAB Hospital. In 2005, she transferred to the Continuing Care Nursery (CCN) at UAB Hospital and to the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (RNICU) in 2009. In 2015, she joined the Newborn Follow-Up Clinic staff as the clinic coordinator.

Wanda joined the Newborn Follow-Up Staff in 2010. She has an associate’s degree in Medical Billing and Coding. She works in both the clinic and office location of Newborn Follow-Up.

Raquel joined the Newborn Follow-Up Staff in 2012. She works in both the clinic and office location of Newborn Follow-Up.

Christy joined the UAB in 2012. She works in both the clinics and office location of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Charlene joined the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics staff in 2016.  She works in the office location of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Charelene is also Project Coordinator of Project ECHO: Autism.