Benard P. Dreyer, MD

  • Specialties: Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatrics
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-0788


  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Div Dir Behavioral Dev Pediatrics
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics), 2002
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics, 1975
Education and Training
  • Residency, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Pediatrics, 1974
  • MD from New York University, 1970

Locations and Appointments

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462 First Avenue, NBV 8 S 4-11
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-263-0788

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My Research

The work of my group has focused on the problems of poor immigrant families living in urban environments. We have studied the effects of family homelessness on growth of development and health status of children. We have looked at the effect of environmental toxins, such as lead, on early childhood development. And we have tested low-intensity clinic-based interventions that have the potential to improve early childhood language and cognitive development as well as parent-child interactions. To find out more about our important NIH-funded research, go to

Recently, we have begun looking at the effect of media violence on child behavior, and have begun to test interventions to decrease childhood obesity through a focus on parenting in early childhood. Finally, we are looking at novel methods to improve parent understanding by the use of pictograms and plain language materials to communicate with parents with low health literacy.

Major Areas of Investigation
*Interventions to promote cognitive and language development in early childhood among poor children.
*Prevention of childhood obesity.
*The effect of media violence on early childhood behavior.
*Health literacy of parents and children and its effect on patient outcomes, as well as interventions to improve patient outcomes in families with low health literacy


  • Reducing maternal depressive symptoms through promotion of parenting in pediatric primary care

    Berkule, Samantha B; Cates, Carolyn Brockmeyer; Dreyer, Benard P; Huberman, Harris S; Arevalo, Jenny; Burtchen, Nina; Weisleder, Adriana; Mendelsohn, Alan L
    Clinical pediatrics. 2014 May. 53 (5): 460-469

  • Physicians' roles in creating health literate organizations: a call to action

    Brach, Cindy; Dreyer, Benard P; Schillinger, Dean
    Journal of general internal medicine. 2014 Feb. 29 (2): 273-275

  • Postoperative Spinal Fusion Care in Pediatric Patients: Co-management Decreases Length of Stay

    Rosenberg, Rebecca E; Ardalan, Kaveh; Wong, Wai; Patel, Sonya; Simson, Gabrielle Gold-von; Feldman, David; Lonner, Baron; Petrizzo, Anthony; Poitevien, Patricia; Gertz, Shira J; Dreyer, Benard
    Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases (2013). 2014. 72 (3): 197-203

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