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Texas Medical Center

Developmental Pediatrics
Phone: 832-822-3400
Fax: (832) 825-3399


The Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics 8080 North Stadium Drive, Suite 100
8080 North Stadium Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77030

Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Children's Hospital Boston Fellowship Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics 2005
Children's Hospital of Michigan Residency Pediatrics 2002
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1999


Dr. Spinks-Franklin's research interests are in the areas of the cultural aspect of child development. Her previous research experience included studying the development of children in Senegal, West Africa, and studying the mental health impact of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on school-aged African American children in Houston. Other research experiences including exploring the racial identity development of school-aged African American and Latino children in the Houston area who are participating in a reading intervention program. She has also studied healthcare disparities among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is currently studying the effect of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) among children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Dr. Spinks-Franklins writes two blogs for Texas Children’s Hospital and has had numerous media appearances locally, regionally, and nationally.

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Organization Name Role
Academic Pediatric Society Member, Race and Women in Medicine SIG; Member, Research Committee
American Academy of Pediatrics Member
Society of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee; Member, Membership Committee
Society of Research in Child Development Member

Selected Publications

McCool C, Spinks-Franklin A, Noroski LM, Potocki L. Potocki-Shaffer syndrome in a child without intellectual disability-The role of PHF21A in cognitive function. Am J Med Genet A.2017 Mar;173(3):716-720.

Monteiro SASpinks-Franklin ATreadwell-Deering DBerry LSellers-Vinson SSmith EProud MVoigt RG. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children Referred for Diagnostic Autism Evaluation. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2015 Dec;54(14):1322-7 

Schwarzwald H, Collins E, Gillespie S, Spinks-Franklin A. International Adoption and Clinical Practice. Springer Briefs in Child Health 2015.

Spinks-Franklin A, “Chapter 85: Basics of Management of Common Behavior Problems” Rudolph Pediatrics, 23rd Edition, Kline MW(ed.), McGraw-Hill, 2018.

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