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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics



Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics


UC San Diego Development Behavior Pediatrics

Medical School

Michigan State Univ - College of Human Medicine

Board Certifications

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics




Dr. Sheila Gahagan is a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. She is also a professor of clinical pediatrics and chief of the Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development, and Community Health Division of the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Gahagan has a special interest in early childhood development. Her areas of focus include autism spectrum disorders, complications of prematurity and fetal alcohol syndrome, with particular expertise in infant and toddler regulation disorders (including sleep problems), difficult feeding, excessive crying and tantrums, and attachment disorders. Her research is aimed at understanding health disparities in child growth and development. She has studied topics including autism spectrum disorders, complications of prematurity, fetal alcohol syndrome and childhood obesity.

Dr. Gahagan earned her bachelor's degree and medical degree from Michigan State University, graduating with honors. She then obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Gahagan has won numerous awards for her achievements in teaching and research.

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