Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency

About Us

Welcome to the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Residency Training Program at Indiana University School of Medicine. Our training program is one of only 2 NDD training programs in the Midwest, a partnership of Indiana University School of Medicine’s Departments of Pediatrics and Department of Neurology. We have 4 NDD boarded faculty, 11 CN boarded faculty and work with a broad spectrum of pediatric and neurologic subspecialists at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, one of the largest children’s hospital in the nation.

What are neurodevelopmental disabilities?

Neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) are a group of disorders that start in infancy or early childhood and are caused by brain dysfunction. They manifest as problems with cognition, motor abilities, language, and perception. Current studies suggest prevalence is as much as 17 % of all school age children. Because NDD are a result of an underlying static encephalopathy, they continue to affect individuals across their lifespan.

What type of training do I need?

To become a Neurodevelopmental Disabilities specialist, the residency is a triple board program. It is a combined program with the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Upon completion of the program, physicians are eligible for board certification in Pediatrics, Neurology with special certification in Child Neurology, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

Careers as an NDD specialist

An NDD specialist is a pediatrician and a neurologist. NDD specialists use an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to work with specialists in genetics, metabolism, psychiatry, rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, and allied health fields, in addition to the children/adults they serve, their families, schools and communities. Many NDD specialists establish their careers in academic centers while some work in or are directors at rehabilitation facilities or work in private practice.

Training Calendar


Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Child Neurology

Adult Neurology 12 Months 12 Months
Clinical 18 Months 12 Months
Basic and Clinical Science 18 Months 12 Months
Time in Training 4 Years 3 Years
Board Certifications Pediatrics Neurology - CN NDD Pediatrics Neurology - CN