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Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Project Website

Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Project Director(s):

Kathleen Angkustsiri, MD, MAS
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 mental health problems that affect the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families.

Goals and Objectives:

Our overarching goal is to enhance the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families by expanding the developmental behavioral pediatrics (DBP) workforce. We will cultivate leaders in clinical care and research across multiple levels of training, including DBP fellows, mini-fellows, primary care providers, pediatric residents, and medical students, to increase access to evaluation and services for the medical and psychosocial aspects of development. Faculty and trainees will collaborate with Title V and community-based organizations to strengthen systems of care for children with autism/DD and their families. Objective 1: Recruit and train 10 Long Term Trainees, including 3-year DBP fellows and 1-year primary care providers. Objective 2: Conduct 3 activities/year to promote equity and improve access to DBP services through culturally and linguistically responsive, patient and family centered, compassionate training and clinical care for individuals with DB concerns. Objective 3: Provide training to other health care providers (>200 short- and medium-term trainees per year). Objective 4: Provide an educational resource to practicing providers (>150 practicing providers per year) through continuing education and case-based consultation. Objective 5: Strengthen systems of care for children who may have autism/DD and their families by providing a minimum of 10 technical assistance (TA) activities per year to Title V and community-based programs.


Inter-professional clinical, didactic, advocacy, and research activities are used to train fellows, pediatric residents, medical students, and community-based health professionals to collaborate effectively to care for and advocate for children and families. Innovative strategies for expanding the use of technology in training are utilized. HP2030 Objectives addressed: health care access; people with disabilities; infants; child and adolescent development; educational and community-based programs; maternal, infant and child health; mental health; preventive care; social determinants of health; workforce; parents/caregivers.


Inter-professional training in clinical care, research and advocacy will utilize faculty from the UC Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute, the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), the Northern California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND), and the UC Davis MIND Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), as well as liaison faculty from the UC Davis Health System medical center campus, California State University Sacramento, and national, state, and community partnerships. GROUPS TO BE SERVED: MCH populations, including children, with and at-risk for disabilities.