Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows

Myong-Sun Choe | Class of 2021

MD: Tokyo Women's Medical University in Tokyo, Japan

Residency Programs: Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan & St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, New York Medical College in Paterson, NJ

Mentors: Lynne Huffman, MD and Lauren Hubner, MD, MPH

Research: I am excited to link together my research skills with my interests in teaching and clinical care of infants/young children. In my fellowship research project, I am conducting medical education research program under the supervision of Dr. Lynne Huffman, to evaluate whether an immersion education experience improves pediatrics resident education over and above usual clinical teaching about the use of a standardized infant neurological examination -- Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination (HINE) -- to detect abnormal infant neuromuscular development. I also conduct a scoping review of the characteristics and effects of immersion education, the Academic Half-Day (AHD) teaching method in postgraduate medical trainees under the mentorship of Dr. Lauren Hubner. I will incorporate the results of these studies in my plans to teach and assess pediatricians and residents in Japan.

Prior Experience: Before pursuing advanced educational opportunities in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, I completed my pediatrics residency in both Japan and the US. I also had the privilege of conducting infant brain research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. My research focused on detecting global and region-specific patterns of volumetric change in typically developing infant brain using MRI -- the study results have contributed to the systematic understanding of infant brain development. Through my clinical and research experiences, I was convinced that early intervention on atypically developing children is critically important given the enduring effect of these early neuronal processes on various domains including motor, language, and cognition. Through the integration of my experiences and fellowship training in a developmental-behavioral pediatrics program at Stanford, I aim to contribute to the quality of medical care of my patients and families.

Talia Lester | Class of 2022

MD: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA 

Residency Program: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

Mentor: Lynne Huffman, MD

Research: I am curious about how to improve clinical care for children with mental health and behavioral challenges. I am especially interested in understanding how developmental-behavioral pediatricians can support primary care providers in caring for children with common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. My fellowship research project will investigate the patterns of how primary care providers prescribe medication for children with anxiety and depression.

Machiko Hosoki | Class of 2022

MD: Kanazawa University School of Medicine

Residency Program: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Mentor: Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD

Research: I am interested in reading abilities and reading disorders including its comorbidities. I am especially interested in understanding them in neurophysiological and clinical level and correlating them.  In my fellowship research project, I plan to investigate behavioral problems, their association with later reading abilities, and their association with measures of white matter pathways in school-age children born preterm and at term.

Elizabeth Barrington  | Class of 2023

MD: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Residency Program: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Pediatrics

Research: TBD



Anne Berens  

MD: Harvard Medical School

Residency Program: University of California, San Francisco