Research in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Each faculty member in the Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics is active in research. Faculty members are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, private foundations, and internally through University of Michigan initiatives. 


Dr. Felt 

Barbara T. Felt, M.D. M.S. 

Clinical Professor

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Dr. Felt's Michigan Experts Profile

Dr. Felt is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician whose clinical focus is on general DBP problems, elimination and sleep disorders. Her research focuses on the effects of early iron deficiency with or without anemia (IDA) on behavior and development in general and in pediatric sleep disorders. She also conducts follow up of children with elimination disorders.


Betsy Lozoff, M.D., M.S.

Betsy Lozoff, M.D., M.S.

Professor Emeritus

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Dr. Lozoff's Michigan Experts Profile

Dr. Lozoff is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician whose research focuses on the effects of iron deficiency anemia on infant behavior and development. She continues involvement in several ongoing international follow-up studies in this area. 


Julie C. Lumeng, M.D.


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Dr. Lumeng's Michigan Experts Profile

Dr. Lumeng is a Professor in the Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics.  Her research focuses on biobehavioral predictors of obesity risk in young, low-income children, maternal feeding beliefs and practices, and the conduct of behavioral intervention trials for obesity prevention in the preschool-age range. She also examines Head Start as a venue for obesity prevention. Her research focuses on low-income children. 


Tiffany Munzer, M.D.

Tiffany Munzer, M.D.

Clinical Lecturer

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Dr. Munzer's Michigan Experts Profile

Dr. Munzer  is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician whose clinical focus includes providing care for children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and other developmental concerns. Her research focuses on how different forms of media (books, digital devices) might affect how young children and parents engage.


Megan Pesch, M.D.

Megan H. Pesch, M.D.

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Pesch's Michigan Experts Profile

Dr. Pesch's Lab site

Dr. Pesch is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician whose clinical focus is on developmental and behavioral challenges in children, including autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She has a particular interest in the clinical management and long term follow-up of children with hearing loss, in particular those with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). Her research focuses child and family risk factors for later outcomes such as childhood obesity, and picky eating. She also studies the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of children with congenital CMV. She is the site Principal Investigator for the ValEAR trial which is investigating the use of valgancyclovir in infants with asymptomatic congenital CMV and isolated hearing loss. Dr. Pesch completed her M.D., Masters in Clinical Research, pediatrics training, and sub-specialty fellowship training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, all at the University of Michigan.



Jennifer Radesky, M.D.

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Radesky's Michigan Experts Profile

Dr. Radesky's Lab site

Dr. Radesky is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician whose research focuses on family digital media use, child social-emotional development, and parent-child interaction.  Her lab uses novel methods such as mobile sampling and app content analysis to capture how parents and children use mobile media through daily life.  Clinically, her work focuses on developmental and behavioral problems in low-income and underserved populations, family advocacy, and autism spectrum disorder. She authored the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics digital media guidelines for young children Media and Young Minds and the 2020 policy statement Digital Advertising to Children.


Dr. Shah

Prachi E. Shah, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

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Dr. Shah's Michigan Experts Profile

Dr. Shah is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician whose clinical efforts focus on early child development, and the diagnostic assessment of children from birth to six. In addition, she is the medical director of the Neonatal Followup Program and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic Clinic.   Dr. Shah’s research focuses on the role of parenting and the early parent-child relationship on the developmental outcomes of preterm infants, and the role of curiosity on early child development.