Clinical Services

Child Development and Behavioral Pediatric Services

Faculty:

Heather Agazzi, PhD, MS Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Jillian Childres, PhD 
Beatriz Gonzalez-Abella, MD Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Shadae Najmabadi, PsyD
Mary Pavan, MD, FAAP


Pediatric Psychology Clinics:

Preschool and School-age Child Development Clinics

Our pediatric psychologists offer a wide range of child development services including:

  • Developmental and behavioral screenings and evaluations
  • Comprehensive psychoeducational and cognitive evaluations
  • Behavioral consultation and intervention


Heather Agazzi, PhD, MS, ABPP
Developmental disabilities (including autism spectrum disorder), disruptive behavior disorders, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and learning disabilities in children ages birth to 18 years.

Jillian Childres, PhD Developmental disabilities (including autism spectrum disorder), disruptive behavior disorders, parent training, and learning disabilities in children ages birth to 12 years.

Shadae Najmabadi, PsyD Anxiety and mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, peer relation problems, academic issues, and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Najmabadi specializes in therapy for youth in the LGBTQ community.


 Intervention and Treatment Options

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Behavioral parent training
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Social skills and self-management training
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Habit reversal training (HRT) 


Referrals - Behaviors Assessed and Treated:

Preschool Clinic (1.5 to 5 years)

  • Temper tantrums, noncompliance
  • Aggression, destruction
  • Developmental delays
  • Dysfunctional sleeping/eating routines
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity
  • Difficulty adjusting to school
  • "Out-of-control" or disruptive behavior 


School-Age Clinic (6 to 12 years)

  • Noncompliance, aggression, destruction
  • Academic issues
  • Noncompliance, aggression
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity
  • Difficulty interacting with peers
  • Difficulty understanding and expressing emotions
  • Anxiety, depression, other mood disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder

Adolescent Clinic (13 to 21 years)
  • Academic issues
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity
  • Difficulty interacting with peers
  • Difficulty understanding and expressing emotions
  • Anxiety, depression, other mood disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder


Physician Clinics and Services:

Our pediatric physicians specialize in developmental conditions including developmental delay, learning differences, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and other neurodevelopmental problems, including the impact of genetic disorders on development. Our patients may have developmental disabilities associated with prematurity, genetic, neurological and cogenital conditions, as well as, unknown causes.

Our physicians work with families, school systems, the Early Steps program, and local therapy providers to coordinate patient care.

Mary H. Pavan, MD, FAAP Neurodevelopmental disabilities among children ages birth to 4 years-old.

Beatriz Gonzalez-Abella, MD Pediatric Neurology for children 2-12 years-old. (Speaks both English and Spanish)


Locations and Appointments:

Drs. Childres and Najmabadi meet patients at the CMS location

USF Pediatrics at Children's Medical Services - John S. Curran, MD, Children's Health Center
13101 N. Bruce B. Down's Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

Make an appointment: (813) 974-2583


Drs. Pavan and Gonzalez-Abella meet patients at the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry

Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
800 6th Street S. Suite 460
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Make an appointment: (727) 767-8230


Dr. Agazzi meets patients at the Silver Child Development Center

Silver Child Development Center
3515 E. Fletcher Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

Make an appointment: (813) 974-3651


Dr. Najmabadi meets patients at TGH Brandon Healthplex

TGH Brandon Healthplex
10740 Palm River Road
Tampa, FL 33619
(Located next to Top Golf)

Make an appointment: (813) 974-2201