David Eric Sandberg PhD

Professor, Pediatric Child Behavioral Health - Psychology
Pediatric Child Behavioral Health - Psychology
Clinical Interests:

Dr. Sandberg provides psychoeducational and behavioral health services to children and adolescents with endocrine disorders and their families; in particular, he focuses on conditions affecting growth/height and disorders of sex development (conditions in which development of chromosomal, gonadal, or anatomic sex is atypical). He works closely with other pediatric specialists to promote the health-related quality of life benefits that comes from fully integrating the medical and psychosocial aspects of care.

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U of M Pediatric Behavioral Development

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Floor 5
1540 E Hospital Dr SPC 4228
Ann Arbor

U of M Pediatric Psychology

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital 5th Floor Reception B
1540 E Medical Center Dr SPC 5808
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • Concordia University, 1982


  • Developmental Psychobiology, University of Miami Hospital, 1983

  • Developmental Psychoendocrinology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, 1988

Professional Organizations

  • American Psychological Association

  • Society of Pediatric Psychology

  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

  • Association for Psychological Science

  • Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Endocrine Society

  • International Academy of Sex Research

  • International Society of Hypospadias and Disorders of Sex Development

  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health

  • Organization for the Study of Sex Differences


Dr. Sandberg's research activities are closely linked to his clinical service to children with a variety of endocrine-based disorders, and their families. Research activities include the study of psychosocial aspects of short stature and the psychosocial care of individuals born with disorders of sex development (DSD) and families. He recently served as co-investigator of an (NICHD-sponsored) interdisciplinary research network concerned with biological and socialization factors in sexual differentiation; is developing a psychoeducational treatment manual for clinicians caring for newborns with congenital adrenal hyperplasia identified by newborn screen; and designing health-related quality of life measures for individuals with DSD and their families.


David E. Sandberg, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Division of Child behavioral Health in the Department of Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan. He obtained his doctorate in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and completed postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Miami Medical School and at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. He earned a certificate of Respecialization in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. As a pediatric psychologist, Dr. Sandberg provides psychoeducational and behavioral health services to children and adolescents with endocrine disorders, in particular conditions affecting linear growth or disorders of sex development (DSD). He was an invited participant at the international consensus conference on idiopathic short stature (with aspects of the published document informed by his research findings) as well as the consensus conference on the management of disorders of sex development, both conferences sponsored by the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology. Dr. Sandberg was also an invited participant in a conference formulating guidelines for the development of comprehensive care centers for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, a life-threatening condition identified by newborn screen.