Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Our Team:

Amara Mallik, MD

Nikkie Bowen, PSA – Clerk

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Division promotes the developmental and behavioral health of infants, children, adolescents and their families by evidence-based clinical practice, and advocacy for children. Our Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program evaluates, counsels, and provides treatment for children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties, including:

Learning disorders including dyslexia, writing difficulties, math disorders, and other school-related learning problems.
Attention and behavioral disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated conditions including oppositional-defiant behavior, conduct problems, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Tics, and Tourette syndrome.
Regulatory disorders including sleep disorders, feeding problems, discipline difficulties, complicated toilet-training issues, enuresis (bedwetting), and encopresis (soiling).
Developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, and visual and hearing impairments.
Delayed development in speech, language, motor skills, and thinking ability.
Behavioral and developmental problems complicating the full range of pediatric chronic illnesses and disabling conditions. (For example: genetic disorders, epilepsy, prematurity, diabetes, asthma and cancer).

Our Developmental-behavioral pediatrician understands that children’s development and behavior happen first and foremost in the context of the family, seeking to understand the family’s view of the problem and the effect of the child’s problem on the family. Our Developmental-behavioral pediatrician advocates for their patients with developmental and behavioral problems by working closely with schools, preschools, and other agencies involved with developmental care and education. Here, we evaluate your child’s strengths and challenges and work with you to develop a care plan for your child’s ongoing developmental, behavioral, and learning successes. We also help you understand how to access to special education services (speech, occupational, developmental, physical therapies), tutoring, and family support services through early intervention or special education programs, depending on your child’s age. We monitor the development of children with complex challenges over time so they have measurable successes developmentally, educationally, and socially. Medical consultations and follow-up care are provided at the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Program at Brookdale University Hospital.


  • Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center:
    • 1 Brookdale Plz, New York, New York 11212, United States. Third floor.
    • Tel: 718-240-8284