Fellowship in Developmental & Behavioral Health Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center


About us

Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship in Developmental & Behavioral Health Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Our program was accredited by the ACGME in 2006 and re-accredited in 2009.

Our goal is to train individuals not only to be outstanding clinicians but also to have exemplary skills in teaching and enthusiasm for engagement in research. We presently are able to train three fellows at a time, with one new fellow being admitted to the program each year. We seek candidates who have already demonstrated, in addition to proficiency in their clinical work during residency, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a hunger for scholarly growth.

The Fellowship in Developmental & Behavioral Health Pediatrics is a three-year program for pediatricians wanting to specialize in addressing the needs of children with neurodevelopmental, behavioral and psychosocial conditions.

Approximately 1 in every 8 children has a developmental, behavioral or psychosocial condition. This fellowship prepares physicians to serve families through consultation and ongoing treatment for their conditions.

Upon completion of the program, graduates become board-eligible in developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

Application process

Applicants interested in the developmental and behavioral health pediatrics training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program.

Essential application information includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from program director

Only applicants who have passed USMLE examination STEP 1 and 2 on the first attempt should apply. Only completed applications with all supporting documentation will be reviewed. 

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Our faculty

Program director

David L. Meryash, MD

Additional faculty

Andrew Robert Adesman, MD

  • Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Alyson H. Gutman, MD

Ruee Huang, MD

Ruth Lynn Milanaik, DO

Tina Mathias Narayan, MBBS

Helen Papaioannou, MD