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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Highlights

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Stanford University: "Parent-reported Shared Decision-Making: Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders"
DBP Fellow: Lauren M Hubner MD MPH
Dr. Hubner, a second year fellow in DBP, undertook a secondary data analysis to understand the perceptions among parents of children with autism about their engagement in... Read More

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Stanford University: "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs"
DBP Fellows: Christina A Buysse MD; Lauren M Hubner MD MPH
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA: Public Law No: 111–148, March 23, 2010), the most sweeping health care regulatory reform in the United States (US) since... Read More

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University of Oklahoma: Our 3rd year fellow, Neha Patel, is currently working on her fellowship research study, which involves exploring how families who have a child with autism participate in family rituals, or activities that are meaningful for families. Decreased engagement in family rituals results in loss of family identity and cohesion. Past studies in families with members affecteds... Read More

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Medical University of South Carolina: Anacani Fonseca is a first year fellow in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics training program at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also participating as a LEND trainee this year and her group project has focused on the improvement of transition planning for adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders... Read More

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Preliminary Validation of the PROMIS® Pediatric Parent-Proxy Peer Relationships Measure in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network Study" One of the core features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is impairment in social interactions, which often creates difficulties... Read More

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles: Thusa Sabapathy, MD is a second year MCHB Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric (DBP) fellow at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who is studying the use of strength based approaches with families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She also completed the CA-LEND long term training last year. As more and more families are presenting... Read More

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Boston Children’s Hospital: It is well-documented that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) require increased health care services even when compared to other children with Special Health Care Needs. However they often have difficulty accessing appropriate care. At Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), anecdotes of delayed or missed care are common for patients with ASD... Read More

photo of Dr. Ayesha Cheema-HasanRhode Island Hospital: "Evaluation of PROMIS Self Report for Peer Relationship and Psychological Distress in Teens with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects as many as 1 in 68 children. Despite the fact that ASD is this common, there are no widely accepted way to measure the outcome... Read More

photo of Morgan WhiteUniversity of California, Davis "Sex Differences in Maternal Auto-antibody Related (MAR) Autism"
The Autism Spectrum is a heterogeneous group of disorders encompassing a wide range of atypical behaviors. Distinct clinical patterns of behavior and co-morbidity may allow for some differentiation of disease within this spec... Read More

Photo of Pamela C. High, MDSpotlight on Dr. Pamela C. High, Project Director for the DBP program at Brown University and lead author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement “Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice”... Read More

Photo of T. Berry Brazelton, MDT. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. Author of over 200 scholarly papers, he has written over 40 books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting.... Read More

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