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Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Training Program

Project Website

Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Project Director(s):

Elisa Muniz, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1225 Morris Park Ave.
Bronx, NY  10461
Phone: (718) 839-7950


There is a national shortage of skilled health professionals to care for and promote the health and well-being of children with ASDs and other DBDs and to foster the growth of knowledge in the field, particularly for children with ASDs and DBDs from URGs in NYC.

Goal(s) and Objectives:

Goal 1: To train 6 DB Peds fellows per year for leadership roles in DBP as teachers, investigators, and clinicians to advance the field through mastery of exemplary clinical care, interdisciplinary collaboration, research, teaching, administration and advocacy skills for children with ASDs and DDs from URGs. Goal 2: Train up to 152 MT or ST physician trainees, including residents and medical students, with essential biopsychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise required to recognize and manage development and behavior (DB) issues in children with ASDs and DDs from URGs. Goal 3: Train 60 MT and 500 ST other practicing professional trainees. Goal 4: Increase the number of individuals with DDs and family members as faculty/trainees; Goal 5: Ensure that at least 30% of MT/LT trainees and 80% of ST trainees are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (URGs). Goal 6: Continue to engage AECOM university faculty from 14 core disciplines, including family members, to encourage interdisciplinary training and mentor trainees. Goal 7: Provide 40,000 direct service contacts to 5,000 children and youth with DDs per year, including more than 1000 children and youth with ASDs, with interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluation and treatment services provided by DBP faculty and trainees, and. Goal 8: Ensure that the RFK DBP program is engaged in the national network of DBP programs for collaboration, coordinate program efforts, disseminate research, and provide peer mentorship.


We will build on our record of preparing leaders with competencies to meet each goal through an extensive set of didactics, clinical, scholarly, and community experiences. There is emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and family partnership, using a public health approach. Training takes place in an environment that serves a multicultural, disadvantaged population. We stress awareness of life course implications of biopsychosocial issues in the care of children, including those with autism and other developmental disorders. We assist each fellow to plan and implement a meaningful research project that has policy implications and to use evidence-based information in their practice.


We will engage in activities with national, regional, state and/or local health agencies and/or organizations in the area(s) served by the project, including our own LEND and Title V primary care programs, and NYC Dept of Health. We will provide Technical Assistance to MCHB's DBPNet and Autism networks, LEND programs and Title V agencies.


Evaluation is based on our goals and objectives. We follow quantitative performance measures and qualitative feedback, in order to allow trainees and faculty to selfassess and implement changes, facilitating ongoing modification of systems and methods. ANNOTATION: DBP leaders are needed to address the biopsychosocial needs of the MCH population. We 1) train fellows for academic and policy roles in DBP and 2) prepare a workforce of current and future practitioners with an appreciation for and skills in DBP issues.

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