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Pediatric Centers and Programs

UC Irvine Department of Pediatrics is home to several academic and clinical centers and programs that are focused on a variety of children's health issues.

They include:

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The goal of The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is to provide help and hope to children, adolescents, young adults and families living with autism spectrum, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Led by a UC Irvine Health pediatric neurologist, the center does this through excellent clinical care, innovative research, quality education and training, and community engagement. If your family is touched by one of these disorders, we want you to know that we understand, we care, and we’re here to help.

Conte Center on Brain Programming in Adolescent Vulnerabilities

The UC Irvine Conte Center on Brain Programming in Adolescent Vulnerabilities addresses the complex developmental mechanisms that contribute to adolescent mental illnesses.

The center focuses on probing the contribution of early life experience to brain programming that governs resilience and vulnerabilities to mental illness during adolescence.

Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center (PERC)

The UC Irvine Health Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center (PERC) is dedicated to unleashing the healing power of exercise.

We know that improving health outcomes for children starts with research. Our nationally renowned clinicians, exercise physiologists and researchers are driven to learn what type of exercise, how much and for how long, produces the most predictable, effective improvements in childhood health. We also seek the biological mechanisms that trigger specific physiological responses to exercise.

UC Irvine Health Child Development School

The UC Irvine Child Development School integrates academic, social and behavioral learning methods to offering a comprehensive approach to building the necessary skills that prepares a child for the world. Behavioral health support meshes seamlessly with academic instruction.

Our school attracts leading educators and clinicians — dedicated, credentialed professionals who are excited to be part of a program they know changes lives. In the classroom, each teacher partners with a licensed therapist and specially trained behavioral specialists, all with the mission of helping each child reach their full potential.

UC Irvine Health Pediatric Gender Diversity Program

The UC Irvine Health Pediatric Gender Diversity Program is Orange County's only interdisciplinary program that is dedicated to caring for transgender and gender-expansive children, teens and young adults.

The program's specialists are experienced at working with young people whose gender identity or expression may be in conflict with their physical characteristics or with what others expect of them. Their goal is to help each child live happy, fulfilling and authentic lives.

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