FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic

Prenatal alcohol exposure is the largest preventable cause of developmental disabilities in the United States. Children and adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) struggle with life-long learning and behavioral problems. Without appropriate supports, individuals with FASD are at high risk for secondary conditions, such as mental health problems, trouble with the law, school disruption, and substance abuse. An early diagnosis and appropriate services can help prevent these secondary problems.

The FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic created in partnership through Mt. Hope Family Center, Kirch Developmental Services Center, and Starlight Pediatrics. The Clinic currently serves children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 16. Services available include FASD diagnostic evaluations and neuropsychological assessments to identify the child or adolescent’s strengths and weaknesses. A comprehensive report is provided to families with individualized feedback and recommendations.

The FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic is one of two specialty diagnostic clinics in the state of New York. A comprehensive FASD diagnostic assessment can help affected individuals and families better understand the nature of a child or adolescent’s difficulties and put appropriate interventions and supports in place.

Clinic Directors: Christie Petrenko, Ph.D. and Lynn Cole, M.S.

Contact Information

Christie Petrenko, Ph.D.
(585) 275 – 2991 x 241
Christie.petrenko@rochester.edu