Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Our three-year fellowship is an ACGME accredited program whose purpose is to prepare you for a career in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics including patient care, teaching, research/scholarship, leadership and advocacy.  Our program is located in the Norton Children's - Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (formally known as the UofL Weisskopf Center) which was established in 1966 and provides state of the art interdisciplinary diagnostic and treatment services for children with developmental disorders. Faculty and clinicians include developmental-behavioral pediatricians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and social workers. 

Fellows receive exceptional clinical training in our rich interdisciplinary environment.  They provide evaluation and care for children with a range of developmental and behavioral conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, feeding disorders, learning disability, fetal alcohol syndrome, fragile X syndrome, tourette’s disorder, behavior and mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

Our training program consists of a comprehensive clinical experience, primarily based at the Norton Children's Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics office at the Novak Center for Children's Health, and includes rotations with other service lines such as child neurology and child & adolescent psychology and psychiatry.  Fellows have the opportunity to graduate with a Master’s degree via the Clinical Investigation Science Program in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Fellows continue in advanced clinical and leadership training during the 2nd and 3rd years, and will select a research project with increasing time allotted over the course of the 3-year program.

Upon successful completion of the fellowship program, our fellow(s) will be eligible to sit for board certification in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. 

Goals & Objectives

Our fellows will:

  • Demonstrate clinical skills in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and the ability to retrieve and utilize biomedical information to inform problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate ability to investigate and evaluate patient care practices, identify gaps in knowledge, and assimilate scientific evidence in order to improve patient care practices
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills to effectively exchange information and work together with patients, families, and associates.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adhering to ethical principles, and being sensitive to patient diversity.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide optimal care.
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles of research; engage in critical evaluation of ongoing research projects and of pertinent medical literature; and develop and implement a research project, which will culminate in presentation of results and submission for publication.

University of Louisville Pediatric Fellowships

Visit the Pediatric Fellowships webpage to learn more about:

  • How to apply for a pediatric fellowship
  • Compensation & benefits for pediatric fellows
  • Facilities where our fellows see patients, perform research, and learn
  • What is it like to live in Louisville, Kentucky?

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

First Year Block Diagram

SiteSite 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1/2/3
% Outpatient100%100%50%50%50%50%50%100%50%50%100%
% Research0%0%50%50%50%50%50%0%50%50%0%

Second Year Block Diagram

SiteSite 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 2/3Site 1/4Site 1/2/3
% Outpatient50%100%50%50%20%50%20%20%100%50%100%
% Research50%0%50%50%80%50%80%80%50%50%0%

Third Year Block Diagram

SiteSite 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1Site 1
% Outpatient100%50%50%100%50%50%0%20%0%20%0%
% Research0%50%50%0%50%50%100%80%100%80%100%

Total Number of Clinical Months - 18.0
Total Number of Research Months - 15.0


Site 1:  Norton Children's - Medical Group - Novak
Site 2:  Norton Children's Hospital
Site 3:  Norton Hospital
Site 4:  Home of the Innocents

Rotation Name

GEN:  Genetics
HOTI: Home of the Innocents
NEURO: Child Neurology
PSYCH: Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychiatry
NCDBP: Norton Children's Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics (Autism Center includedd)
VAC:  Vacation

Fellowship Program Leadership

P. Gail Williams, MD
Program Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Wendy Hilton
Coordinator, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program
Email  |  P:  502.852.9205  |  F: 502.852.9206

Current Fellows

Past Fellows


Stephanie Battistini, MD
Medical School:  Florida State University College of Medicine
Residency:  University of Florida College of Medicine
Current Position:  University of Louisville


Marie Trace, MD
Medical School:  University of Louisville
Residency:  University of Louisville
Current Position:  Assistant Staff, Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation, Cleveland Ohio


M. Brittany Woodall, DO
Medical School:  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:  Marshall University-Hoops Family Children's Hospital, Huntington, WV - Internal Medicine and Pediatric Resident and Class of 2016
Current Position:  Board Certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician - Private Practice Square One


Michelle Curtin, DO, FAAP
Medical School:  New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT
Residency:  University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Current Position:  Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics



By The Numbers

17 Providers including Developmental Pediatricians, Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Nutritionists.

Primary DiagnosisPatients
Avoidant & Restrictive Food Intake Disorder26
Global Developmental Delay223
Intellectual Disabilities94
Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder352
Tic/Tourette's Disorder19
Total of Unique Patients