Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health to Host Major Conference on Advances in Developmental Pediatrics 39th Annual Meeting Will Convene Spring 2022

January 10, 2022

Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health will host the 39th Annual Advances in Developmental Pediatrics Conference on May 22-25, 2022, at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in South Carolina. The conference will feature distinguished national faculty and provide continuing education to address advances in diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of pediatric developmental and behavioral health conditions.

“This conference gives healthcare providers an opportunity to gather and learn about advancements in the care of autism spectrum disorders, COVID-19, ADHD, and other behavioral and developmental conditions,” said Judy Aschner, MD, physician-in-chief, Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health.

Randye Huron, M.D., director of the Institute of Child Development (ICD), and section chief of

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, is among the members of the Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health delegation and is the event’s chief organizer.

“The conference program will also include sessions on gender health, health equity and racism, ethical issues in the care of children with developmental disabilities, helping young patients understand their diagnosis, and other important topics,” said Dr. Huron.

In addition to a robust educational program featuring nationally recognized guest speakers, the event will feature three keynote speakers:


  • Somer Bishop, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Weill Institute for Neurosciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bishop will deliver presentations on differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in early childhood and school age/adolescence.
  • Angela Kade Goepferd, MD, is chief education officer and chief of staff for Children’s Minnesota, medical director of Children’s Minnesota Gender Health Program and a pediatrician in the Children’s Minneapolis Primary Care Clinic. Dr. Goepferd will delive presentations on how to navigate difficult conversations with parents of transgender youth and other current topics in pediatric gender health.
  • David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and professor of clinical pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Schonfeld will be delivering presentations on helping children, families and healthcare providers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting the grieving child and family.

For more information or to register, visit https://events.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/pedsconf2022.

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