Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Training Programs | Career Development

Whether your career goal is general clinical neurology, subspecialty neurology, research. or a mix, the Child Neurology Residency Training Program provides strong support and guidance on grants, fellowships, research projects, and more.

Current careers of former residents

Career paths for former residents.

Mentoring and advising

Mentoring and advising is central to our program, and we employ a multi-tiered approach to ensure residents are accessing the best resources to reach their individual goals.

First, each resident forms a close relationship with the program director, Miya Bernson-Leung, MD, EdM, and the associate program director, Molly Wilson-Murphy, MD. Each week, the residents meet with Drs. Bernson-Leung or Wilson-Murphy for general conversation about residency. In addition, Drs. Bernson-Leung and Wilson-Murphy host office hours so that residents can pop by informally as needed. Finally, each resident has formal sessions twice annually to review their residency progress.

In addition, residents work closely with department chair Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, and associate program director for academic mentoring, Caitlin Rollins, MD, SD, throughout their training to develop their career goals and mentoring team. In the first year, residents begin meeting with Drs. Pomeroy and Rollins in coordination with residency program leadership to discuss career goals and existing mentors. The team works closely with each individual to ensure that they are connected to the breadth of opportunities at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as the rich network of resources in surrounding institutions. Over time, as a resident’s interests become more established, Drs. Pomeroy and Rollins ensure that each resident has the breadth of expertise needed to help guide them into a research or career interest area. The team provides advice on how to get started with a project, as well as on planning for fellowships and faculty positions. These meetings continue throughout the second and third years, so that residents can receive graduated guidance on their research progress and career development. Biannual academic retreats provide further opportunities for mentorship and career development.

All residents have access to advisors in the Department of Neurology who match their clinical and/or research interests. Residents and their advisors typically formally meet biannually. Advisors develop a personal relationship with the resident, provide career guidance and mentorship, advocate for the resident to facilitate the resident’s professional development, and serve as a resource in personal and professional decision-making.

A sample of clinical and research fellowships chosen by recent graduates:

  • behavioral neurology
  • clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy/EEG
  • developmental neuropharmacology
  • electromyography
  • neurogenetics
  • movement disorders
  • neuro-oncology
  • pediatric sleep

Selected publications

Grants awarded to child neurology residents
Number of grants awarded per year.

Selected publications from recent or current pediatric neurology residents. Faculty members in bold.


  • Salussolia CL, Klonowska K, Kwiatkowski DJ, Sahin M. Genetic Etiologies, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet 2019;20:217-40.
  • Andzelm MM, Vanness D, Greenberg ME, Linden DJ. A Late Phase of Long-Term Synaptic Depression in Cerebellar Purkinje Cells Requires Activation of MEF2. Cell Rep 2019;26(5):1089-97 e3. PMCID: PMC6433166.
  • Rochtus AM, Trowbridge S, Goldstein RD, Sheidley BR, Prabhu SP, Haynes R, Kinney HC, Poduri AH. Mutations in NRXN1 and NRXN2 in a patient with early-onset epileptic encephalopathy and respiratory depression. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud 2019;5(1). PMCID: PMC6371743.
  • Trowbridge SK, Yuskaitis CJ, Baumer N, Libenson M, Prabhu SP, Harini C. Brain MRI abnormalities in patients with infantile spasms and Down syndrome. Epilepsy Behav 2019;92:57-60.


  • Duke E, Ullrich NJ. A 15-Year-Old Girl With Sudden Onsent Reversible Neurologic Symptoms After Cranial Irradiation for Medulloblastoma. Semin Pediatr Neurol 2018;26:124-7. PMCID: N/A.
  • Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Cheng C, Dies K, Diplock A, Pier DB, Ryan CS, Lanpher BC, Hirst J, Chung WK, Sahin M, Rosser E, Darras B, Bennett JT, CureSPG47. Clinical and genetic characterization of AP4B1-associated SPG47. Am J Med Genet A 2018;176(2):311-8. PMCID: N/A.
  • Jayaraman D, Bae BI, Walsh CA. The Genetics of Primary Microcephaly. Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet 2018;19:177-200.
  • Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Hildebrandt C, Davis PE, Rodan LH, Anselm I, Bodamer O. The Spectrum of Movement Disorders in Childhood-Onset Lysosomal Storage Diseases. Mov Disord Clin Pract 2018;5(2):149-55. PMCID: PMC6005694.
  • Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Moufawad El Achkar C, Klein C. PRRT2-Associated Paroxysmal Movement Disorders. In: Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Pagon RA, Wallace SE, Bean LJH, Stephens K, Amemiya A, editors. GeneReviews®. Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle; ©1993-2018; 2018.
  • Harrar DB, Solomon J, Shah AS, Vaughn J, Durbin AD, Rivkin MJ. Diffusion-Weighted Imaging Changes in a Child With Posterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Pediatr Neurol 2018;84:49-52.
  • Waszak SM, Northcott PA, Buchhalter I, Robinson GW, Sutter C, Groebner S, Grund KB, Brugieres L, Jones DTW, Pajtler KW, Morrissy AS, Kool M, Sturm D, Chavez L, Ernst A, Brabetz S, Hain M, Zichner T, Segura-Wang M, Weischenfeldt J, Rausch T, Mardin BR, Zhou X, Baciu C, Lawerenz C, Chan JA, Varlet P, Guerrini-Rousseau L, Fults DW, Grajkowska W, Hauser P, Jabado N, Ra YS, Zitterbart K,= Shringarpure SS, De La Vega FM, Bustamante CD, Ng HK, Perry A, MacDonald TJ, Hernaiz Driever P, Bendel AE, Bowers DC, McCowage G, Chintagumpala MM, Cohn R, Hassall T, Fleischhack G, Eggen T, Wesenberg F, Feychting M, Lannering B, Schuz J, Johansen C, Andersen TV, Roosli M, Kuehni CE, Grotzer M, Kjaerheim K, Monoranu CM, Archer TC, Duke E, Pomeroy SL, Shelagh R, Frank S, Sumerauer D, Scheurlen W, Ryzhova MV, Milde T, Kratz CP, Samuel D, Zhang J, Solomon DA, Marra M, Eils R, Bartram CR, von Hoff K, Rutkowski S, Ramaswamy V, Gilbertson RJ, Korshunov A, Taylor MD, Lichter P, Malkin D, Gajjar A, Korbel JO, Pfister SM. Spectrum and prevalence of genetic predisposition in medulloblastoma: a retrospective genetic study and prospective validation in a clinical trial cohort. Lancet Oncol 2018;19(6):785-98. PMCID: PMC5984248.
  • Winden KD, Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Sahin M. Abnormal mTOR Activation in Autism. Annu Rev Neurosci 2018;41:1-23.


  • Duke E, Pomeroy SL, Ullrich NJ. Neurologic complications of pediatric systemic cancer. In: Schiff D, Arrillaga I, Wen PY, editors. Cancer Neurology in Clinical Practice: Neurological Complications of Cancer and Its Treatment. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Springer; 2017.
  • Duke E, Ullrich NJ. A 15-Year-Old Girl With Sudden Onsent Reversible Neurologic Symptoms After Cranial Irradiation for Medulloblastoma. Semin Pediatr Neurol 2018;26:124-7.
  • Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Saffari A, Wahlster L, Sahin M. Using tuberous sclerosis complex to understand the impact of MTORC1 signaling on mitochondrial dynamics and mitophagy in neurons. Autophagy 2017;13(4):754-6. PMCID: PMC5388227.
  • Nagan M, Caffarelli M, Donatelli S, Rosman NP. Epilepsy or a Seizure Disorder? Parental Knowledge and Misconceptions About Terminology. J Pediatr 2017;191:197-203 e5.
  • Saffari A, Kolker S, Hoffmann GF, Ebrahimi-Fakhari D. Linking mitochondrial dysfunction to neurodegeneration in lysosomal storage diseases. J Inherit Metab Dis 2017;40(5):631-40. PMCID: N/A.


  • Comi AM, Sahin M, Hammill A, Kaplan EH, Juhasz C, North P, Ball KL, Levin AV, Cohen B, Morris J, Lo W, Roach ES, Sturge-Weber Syndrome Research Workshop (with Abreu N and Pinto A). Leveraging a Sturge-Weber Gene Discovery: An Agenda for Future Research. Pediatr Neurol 2016;58:12-24. PMCID: PMC5509161.
  • Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Saffari A, Wahlster L, Di Nardo A, Turner D, Lewis TL, Jr., Conrad C, Rothberg JM, Lipton JO, Kolker S, Hoffmann GF, Han MJ, Polleux F, Sahin M. Impaired Mitochondrial Dynamics and Mitophagy in Neuronal Models of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Cell Rep 2016;17(4):1053-70. PMCID: PMC5078873. Core B.
  • Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Saffari A, Wahlster L, Lu J, Byrne S, Hoffmann GF, Jungbluth H, Sahin M. Congenital disorders of autophagy: an emerging novel class of inborn errors of neuro-metabolism. Brain 2016;139(Pt 2):317-37. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Shao D. Knocking on opportunity’s door. Science 2016;354(6310):382.


  • Andzelm MM, Cherry TJ, Harmin DA, Boeke AC, Lee C, Hemberg M, Pawlyk B, Malik AN, Flavell SW, Sandberg MA, Raviola E, Greenberg ME. MEF2D drives photoreceptor development through a genome-wide competition for tissue-specific enhancers. Neuron 2015;86(1):247-63. PMCID: PMC4393375.