Sandhyaa Iyengar, MD, MPH
Practice-Based Scholar

Dr. Iyengar is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Practice-based Scholar for the Center for Violence Prevention. She is a passionate advocate for early childhood development and fostering family resiliency. Her work focuses on improving clinical outcomes for children with developmental or intellectual disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delay, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Dr. Iyengar is an Attending in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Practice-based Scholar for the Center for Violence Prevention. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

At CHOP, she works as a clinician to address the developmental and behavioral needs of children from infancy through teenage years. She is actively involved in fellow and resident education. Dr. Iyengar is also involved in a Quality Improvement initiative aimed at improving the management of overweight/obesity for children with autism spectrum disorder. She also uses Quality Improvement methodology to improve how clinicians screen for and address bullying victimization for individuals with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.

Her recent research has examined the impact of adverse childhood experiences for children with developmental disabilities, including health outcomes, diagnoses, and the receipt of therapies and medications.

She enjoys partnering with community agencies like Early Head Start, and has presented to students, medical providers, and community members about various topics in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Iyengar also serves on the Pennsylvania governor’s State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention, where she provides support for early childhood developmental programs.

BS, Stony Brook University, 2008

MD, St. George’s University School of Medicine, 2013

Residency in Pediatrics, Albany Medical Center, 2013-2016

Fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2016

Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2016-2019

Master of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2019

Practice-based Scholar, Center for Violence Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Attending Physician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention

Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Member, Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Best Research Poster, Council on Early Childhood, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019

Maternal Child Health Bureau Trainee Ambassador, 2018 and 2019

National ‘America Graduates’ Champion for Early Childhood, WHMT Public Broadcasting Station, 2015

Contact Information
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104