Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center

Clinical Services

Since its founding in 1956, the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine has provided a broad spectrum of services for infants, children, adolescents and despite its name adults, with conditions that include autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. One of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States, RFK CERC is a voluntary, nonsectarian center whose services are essential components of the care available to individuals in the Bronx and New York metropolitan area who have a wide array of developmental disabilities. Every year, RFK CERC’s professional staff provides more than 58,000 diagnostic, therapeutic and related services to approximately 8,000 patients/children and their families. Included in this patient population are some 1,000 individuals seen each year who have autism, as well as a large number of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. 

RFK CERC is the major clinical component of the Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (RFK UCEDD), one of only 68 designated regional centers in the United States funded by the federal government to conduct training, provide exemplary clinical services, furnish technical assistance, carry out research in the field of developmental disabilities, and create a bridge between universities and the community through various outreach and dissemination activities and by direct consumer involvement.

CERC Corner

  1. Einstein Faculty Receive NIH Career Development Awards
    Friday, October 28, 2016
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Publications

  • Muniz EI, Silver EJ, Stein REK, "Family Routines and Social-Emotional School Readiness Among Preschool-Age Children" 2014Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 35.93-99.  DB Fellowship Graduate 2013. 
  • Scharf R, Demmer RT, Silver EJ, and Stein REK. "Nighttime Sleep Duration and Externalizing Behaviors in Preschool Children". Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. 2013, 34:384-391 PMID: 23838583. 

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Papers in Press

  • Horwitz SM, Hurlburt MS, Heneghan A, Zhang J, Rolls-Reutz J, Landsverk J, Stein REK. Persistence of Mental Health Problems in Very Young Children Investigated by US Child Welfare Agencies. Academic Pediatrics. (In Press)
  • Stein, REK. Are we on the right track? C. Anderson Aldrich Award presentation address. American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. Orlando Florida, October 2013

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Achievements

Congratulations are in order for Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D. for winning the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics at its National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida in October, 2013. Dr. Stein, a relatively recent addition to CERC, but a long-time faculty member at Einstein, delivered the presentation address—“Are we on the right track?”

During the past year, Ruth has collaborated with Einstein colleagues and co-authored four articles related to the care of children and adolescents, including one which should be of great interest to CERC staff, entitled “Chronic Conditions Among Children Investigated by Child Welfare,” Pediatrics, 2013. She continues to be active in research, with an additional two papers in press and three presentations at national meetings.

Dr. Susan Chinitz, Director of the Early Childhood Center and professor of clinical pediatrics, participated in a public policy forum at the Center for New York City Affairs, The New School, on Friday, October 4th, 2013. The subject of this discussion was “Baby Steps: Poverty, Chronic Stress & New York’s Youngest Children.”

 

Presentations

Abstracts Accepted for Pediatric Academic Society’s 2014 Meeting (presenting authors): 

  • Lauren Tarnok, MD (DBP Fellowship Graduate, 2014): How Competent Do Pediatric Residents Feel About Assessing Children's School Experience and Mental Health?
  • Marie Clark, MD, MPH (DBP Fellowship Graduate, 2014): Are Very Preterm Infants on TPN at Risk for Carnitine Deficiency? A National Survey
  • Maria Valicenti-McDermott, MD, MS: Sleep Disorders in Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
  • Lisa Shulman, MD: Stability of Autism Diagnosis in Children Under 24 Months

Below is a recent list of presentations at national meetings: 

  • Clark MA, Benenson B, Stein REK. The EMPOWER Curriculum: Expanding DBP into the Community. Workshop presentation at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD Sept. 2013
  • Trimm, F. Rosenberg, M, Voigt, R, Incorporating Entrustable Professional Activities into Fellowship. Workshop presentation at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD Sept. 2013
  • Tarnok LA, Silver EJ, and Stein REK. Are We Successfully Training Pediatricians to Assess Children’s School Experience? Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD Sept. 2013
 

Contact us 

Director of Operations:
Theodore A. Kastner
ted.kastner@einstein.yu.edu
718.839.7119

 

 Clinical Director:
Anne Murphy, Ph.D.
anne.murphy@einstein.yu.edu 

718.839.7295

 Director of Operations:
Camille L. Rogers, M.A.
crogers@montefiore.org
718.430.3905

 Office Coordinator:
George Lucas
glucas@montefiore.org
718.839.7165

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