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Children's Hospital Los Angeles Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Project Director(s):

Douglas Vanderbilt, MD, MS
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd, #76
Los Angeles, CA  90027
Phone: (323) 361-6994


There is the need to train the next generation of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric (DBP) leaders to improve the system of care for a culturally/linguistically diverse population in Southern CA through direct care, teaching, advocacy/administration and research.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Fellows as Care Providers: 1.1: Recruit and train 1-2 fellows/ year (3 racial/ethnic minorities). 1.2: Demonstrate culturally competent, family- and patient-centered assessment/treatment, clinical skills. 1.3: Perform assessments/interventions with a focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD)/developmental disabilities. 1.4: Utilize interdisciplinary team knowledge/skills. Goal 2: Fellows as Scholars: 2.1: Acquire scholarship skills. 2.2: Develop dissemination skills. 2.3: Faculty advance science-based practice. Goal 3: Fellows as Advocates: 3.1: Develop self-reflective leadership skills. 3.2: Develop community advocacy skills. 3.3: Demonstrate local system advocacy skills. 3.4: Provide TA to MCH professionals. 3.5: Faculty provide Title V consultations. Goal 4: Fellows as Educators: 4.1: Improve DBP presentation skills. 4.2: Utilize effective teaching of residents/medical students/professionals. 4.3: Faculty provide effective training/ continuing education. Goal 5: Health Provider Education: 5.1: Medical students learn DBP knowledge/skills. 5.2: Residents learn DBP knowledge/skills. 5.3: Pediatric practitioners learn DBP knowledge/skills.


The individualized MCH competency-based curriculum responds to the DBP Training Program objectives and supports the overall goals of clinical practice, scholarship, teaching, and advocacy/administration. DBP fellows will be exposed 1) discipline-specific and interdisciplinary clinical settings 2) clinical, seminar and leadership curriculum 3) national MCH module seminars, self-study modules, web-based training, and webinars. 4) engaging the CALEND, Autism Treatment Network/ ECHO Autism, Southern CA Resident Training and CA MCH Leadership Training Networks, and SC CTSI programs. Program responds to MCH Leadership competencies, Life Course Perspective, Healthy People 2020 and ASD CARES. HP 2020 Objectives: Addresses: Disability/Health; Maternal/Infant/Child Health; Early/Middle Childhood; Adolescent Health; Access to Health Services; Educational/ Community-Based Programs; Substance Abuse; Social Determinants; Mental Health; Sleep Health; Vision; Hearing/ Communication Disorders; LGBT Health; Transition; Injury/Violence Prevention.


We will coordinate with State Councils-Early Intervention/ DD, CA Title V, CA DDS, ATN, AAP, Head Start, CA Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, LA County Dept. Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health programs, Regional Centers, Family Voices.


Program collects formative and summative data including DBP attendance, faculty feedback in seminars, training clinic, and leadership activities and assignments, DBP Individualized Leadership Plan portfolio, fellow/patient/community feedback. Annotation: Given the increasing cultural diversity in Southern CA, CHLA DBP program will improve the system of care for this diverse population through direct care, teaching, advocacy and research by training fellows, residents, medical students, and health providers in DBP knowledge/skills. We provide leadership training in evidence-based biopsychosocial care, interdisciplinary research, technical assistance and collaboration with MCH professionals and Title V

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