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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship


Formal didactic instruction in the biological mechanisms of behavior and development, family and social/cultural factors, variations in temperament, cognitive disabilities, language and learning disorders, motor disabilities, attention disorders, sleep problems, elimination disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and research methods occur during the three-year fellowship. DBP Fellows participate in the MCHB-funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders in their first year, the NIH-funded Autism Research Training Program, and the Department of Pediatrics Fellows’ College.

Regular Conferences
  • Attendees watch slideshow on screen as presenter at podium explains slides.

    Fundamentals in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

    Biweekly conference providing educational content covering ACGME and ABP content specifications in developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

  • Conference attendees sit around rectangular table and discuss improvements.

    DBP Journal Club

    Monthly conference where fellows present a review and evaluation of up-to-date literature pertinent to developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

  • Fellow College conference with row seating in medium conference classroom.

    Fellows College

    Monthly seminars with other pediatric fellows that provides leadership, teaching, and career development training.

  • Physician speaking to conference attendees sitting at tables with video monitors showing slides.

    Genomic Medicine Clinical Rounds

    Weekly conference that includes presentation of a clinical case, including discussion with genetics, developmental pediatrics, and other disciplines.

  • Outside of MIND Institute on clear nice day.

    MIND Institute Research Seminar Series

    Biweekly seminar to support and advance current research in NDD across various disciplines at the MIND Institute.

  • Large conference with many attendees sitting and standing against walls.

    Distinguished Lecture Series

    Monthly conference with presentation of the most up-to-date research in neurological, developmental and behavioral disorders by nationally recognized speakers.

  • Fellows sit in conference with speaker standing at front of room.

    Meeting Hearts and MINDs

    Monthly forum for case discussions reviewing best clinical practices and patient care with all MIND clinicians.

Regular Departmental Conferences
  • Grand Rounds conference doctor presents at podium with projection screen behind displays research.

    Pediatric Grand Rounds

    Weekly conference which brings in experts to present new and developing topics in Pediatrics. Fellows are expected to present a topic of their choice during the third year of training.

    Fellows have ample opportunities to present their work locally, as well as through regional and national conferences, such as annual meetings of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Western Society for Pediatric Research, and others.

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