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Brain and Behavior

US News - Stanford Children's HealthA child’s brain and behavior make up much of who they are and how they experience the world. The Brain and Behavior Center is one of the nation's leading programs for treating children, from newborns to adolescents, with disorders of brain development, function and behavior.

Creating the best outcome for your child starts with building the best team. Our Brain and Behavior team is recognized as one of the best in the country. In fact, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is nationally ranked in Neurology and Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Our team of physician-scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine collaborate to advance treatments that allow us to successfully treat many children with complex cases that could not be resolved elsewhere.

Meet Ava Menefee

At 5 years old, little Ava was much too young to be having strokes. In fact, her condition was far more rare and challenging—and one for which her specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford had a bold plan of treatment.

Read Ava's story


With our family-centered care approach, we work with you and your family to fully understand your child’s needs and make everyone a positive part of their treatment.