MD, University Of Wisconsin Medical School, 1989 - 1991
MA, University Of Chicago, 1985 - 1987
BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1980 - 1985
BA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1981 - 1985
Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, 1994 - 1996
- Internship & Residency
Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh, Pediatrics, 1991 - 1994
- Board Certifications
American Board Of Pediatrics - Certified, 1994
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics - Certified, 2002
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities - Certified, 2001
Get to Know Me
What are some of the specific conditions you treat?
Developmental issues, including developmental delay, autism, learning issues, ADHD, intellectual disability, history of premature birth, and genetic disorders.
Some of the techniques I use include evaluations, which involve families providing a complete history of their child by completing questionnaires and an interview with the physician. Direct evaluation of the child includes observation as well as a direct assessment and/or standardized testing as indicated by the child's specific profile and needs. Families are also provided with community resources that may be helpful in supporting their child's needs. Families are provided with a complete report that they may share with their child's pediatrician, school, and other professionals involved in their child's care.
What would you like patients to know about your approach to care?
Anytime a parent or caregiver has a concern about their child's development or behavior, our program is a resource that can be contacted in order to determine what type of evaluation is needed. Our program takes a comprehensive approach to working and with children and their families in order evaluate a child's difficulties and to support them and their families in addressing challenges and helping a child reach their maximum potential. Our goal is to address not only the physical issues, but also the social-emotional issues that impact a child and their family.
What inspired you to become a doctor?
Working with children with chronic health and developmental issues is something I have done since high school. Being a developmental pediatrician has allowed me to integrate the social, emotional, and physical aspects of caring for children.
Awards & Accolades
NJ Top Doctors
Publications & Research
Nalven L, Hofkosh D, Feldman H, Kelleher K. "Teach Residents About Early Intervention and Special Education.” J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1997 Dec; 18(6):371-6.
“Strategies for Addressing Long Term Issues After Institutionalization.” Pediatr Clin North Am., 2005 Oct; 52(5):1421-44 viii.
Forkey H, Garner A, Nalven L, et al. “Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma: A Guide for Pediatricians.” American Academy of Pediatrics and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 2013.
“Identifying and Accessing Supports: Strategies for Addressing Long Term Issues.” Adoption Medicine: Caring for Children and Families. PW Mason, DE Johnson, LA Prock ed., American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014.
"Adoption Medicine: Caring for Children and Families." PW Mason, DE Johnson, LA Prock ed., American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014.
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