Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship | Academic Programs | Department of Pediatrics | UC Davis Health


Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship

Our fellowship is designed to train physicians who understand the developmental, behavioral and psychosocial needs of children and families.

Dr. Angkustsiri with young patient at the MIND Institute.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship

The MIND institute from the outside front entrance.

Facilities and Rotations

Developmental-behavioral pediatric fellows benefit from resources at the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute, an internationally renowned research and clinical center dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary collaboration to better understand causes and treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

Other training opportunities include the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD).


Preparing Future Physicians and Leaders

While clinical rotations form an essential part of the learning experience for developmental-behavioral pediatric fellows, instruction in core curriculum and developmental-behavioral pediatric topics is provided in conferences and courses. Additionally, scholarly activity is a requirement of the fellowship.

MIND Institute faculty member with patient
Our Current Fellows
  • Thea Bregman, M.D.

    Thea Bregman, M.D.

    Fellow: 2022-2025
    Medical School: UC Davis School of Medicine
    Residency: UC Davis Health

  • Julie Law, M.D.

    Fellow: 2023-2026
    Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
    Residency: UC Davis Health

  • Sara Knauft, M.D.

    Fellow: 2024-2027
    Medical School: Western Washington University
    Residency: University of British Columbia

More About the Program

The ACGME-accredited, three-year Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and a participating site in DBPNet research network. First accredited by the ACGME in 2003, our training program is designed to fulfill the training requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics.


To enhance the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families by training leaders in developmental behavioral pediatrics.

Program Aims

  • Graduates will understand the developmental, behavioral and psychosocial needs of children and families on an individual as well as public policy level.
  • Graduates will be 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.
  • Graduates will contribute to advancing knowledge in the prevention and treatment of developmental behavioral disorders through research and teaching.

Get in touch with us

For more information or questions, please contact:

Program Coordinator

Kathleen Angkustsiri, M.D., M.A.S.
Director, Fellowship Training Program

Roger “Scott” Akins, D.O.
Division Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Associate Director, Fellowship Training Program