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Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Project Director(s):

Kathleen Angkustsiri, MD
University of California, Davis
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA  95817
Phone: (916) 703-0278


There are insufficient medical professionals trained to address the increasing prevalence of complex neurodevelopmental, behavioral and environmental problems that affect the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families. GOALS/OBJECTIVES: Our overarching goal is to enhance the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families by training leaders in developmental behavioral pediatrics 1) who understand the developmental, behavioral and psychosocial needs of children and families on an individual as well as public policy level; 2) who are skilled in collaborating across disciplines and systems of care at local, regional and national levels to provide and promote evidence-based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care; and 3) who contribute to advancing knowledge in the prevention and treatment of developmental behavioral disorders, emphasizing Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders, through research and teaching. PROPOSED SERVICES/GOALS: 1) Recruit and train developmental behavioral pediatric fellows from diverse backgrounds to increase access to evidenced based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care for all children. 2) Train fellows to have the knowledge and leadership skills to collaborate effectively across disciplines and systems of care in the provision of care and advocacy for children/families. 3) Train fellows to evaluate, design, implement and disseminate advances in research and policy that will shape the future of developmental behavioral pediatrics. 4) Train pediatric residents to deliver developmentally informed, culturally competent and compassionate pediatric care in the context of a medical home sensitive to social determinants of care. 5) Provide training opportunities to other health care providers on the provision of developmentally appropriate care and effective advocacy for children and families. METHODS: Interdisciplinary didactic, clinical, advocacy, and research activities are used to train fellows, pediatric residents, medical students, and community-based health professionals how to collaborate effectively to care for and advocate for children and families. Innovative strategies for expanding the use of technology in training are utilized. HP2020 Objectives addressed: access to health services; disability and health; early and middle childhood; educational and community-based programs; maternal, infant and child health.


Interdisciplinary training in research, clinical care and advocacy will utilize faculty from the UC Davis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute, the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), the Northern California LEND, and the UC Davis MIND Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Center, as well as liaison faculty from the UC Davis Health System medical center campus, California State University Sacramento, and national, state, and community partnerships.

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