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Lisa Albers Prock, M.D., MPH

As a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician in the Developmental Medicine Center (DMC) at Children’s Hospital Boston, I focus on providing care for children with a history of foster care and/or adoption. Clinically, I work with children and their families to address the impact of abuse, neglect and adoption on children’s learning and behaviors. My current educational efforts are focused on post-graduate education in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (Clinical Fellowship Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP), and Children’s Hospital) and national education about adoption medicine (Chairperson, Section on Adoption and Foster Care, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP SOAFC.) My research aims to improve our understanding of children’s developmental, emotional and behavioral outcomes following international or domestic adoption.

After fellowship, I co-founded the Adoption Program at Children’s Hospital Boston with neuropsychologist, Kay Seligsohn, where we provide consultative services to families prior to, immediately following and many years after the adoption of their child. Through this work, we have developed a model for providing clinical care to address developmental and behavioral needs for children impacted by foster care and/or adoption. This model is currently being documented as a ‘model program’ by the AAP SOAFC.

Locally, as a full-time clinical attending physician in the DMC, I provide direct patient care and clinical supervision on a daily basis. As part of a team or individually, I evaluate children (infancy through adolescence) presenting with developmental, learning, and behavioral problems and provide longitudinal care to adopted children who have a range of developmental and behavioral challenges. I directly supervise DBP fellows, pediatric residents and medical students in both the Adoption Program and in routine developmental clinics. I am also a member of a new multidisciplinary Fragile X Program (providing comprehensive genetic analysis, genetic counseling, developmental behavioral and psychological services for children with Fragile X Syndrome or families impacted by Fragile X) and work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (clinical and research activities.)

As one of the founding members of the AAP’s Section on Adoption and Foster Care (SOAFC), my teaching efforts focus on providing continuing medical education regarding families of adoption. The SOAFC provides education nationwide for pediatric providers of ‘adoption medicine’ - a growing new specialty in pediatrics. I am currently the SOAFC Section's Chairperson and work nationally with the AAP on related policy issues. I currently edit the American College of Physician’s adoption module and recently co-edited a volume of Pediatric Clinics of North America entitled ‘International Adoption.’ I am a regularly invited speaker at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition and teach the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics section of PREP-The Course, the major national CME offering of the AAP.

My ongoing work includes: a) editing a volume entitled ‘Adoption: What Families, Primary Care Providers and Other Professionals Need to Know’ to be published shortly by the American Academy of Pediatrics; b) conducting a research project comparing neurophysiologic, developmental and behavioral outcomes of children with a history of international adoption, domestic adoption and foster care.