The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship program at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center is a 3-year interdisciplinary training, clinical, and research program that received ACGME accreditation in 2006. This fellowship in addition to several others throughout the country is funded through the Maternal Child and Health Bureau (MCHB). DBP fellows develop their clinical skills through participation in a variety of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary clinics and electives and also see their own patients longitudinally in a weekly follow-up clinic. Additionally, DBP fellows are exposed to research opportunities throughout the 3 years and will work directly with a research mentor to develop and implement a scholarly work project. Fellows also have an opportunity to pursue a Master’s of Clinical and Translational Science at the OU College of Public Health.
The mission of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is to maximize the potential of children, particularly those with developmental disabilities or those exposed to maltreatment, by strengthening the child, family, and community through research, advancement of evidence-based practices, and direct care.
The Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics strives to enhance the development of children by providing interdisciplinary expertise, including the family perspective, in clinical services, research, training, and community support that is family-centered, evidence-based, and culturally effective.
What is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician?
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatricians are physicians who have completed four years of medical school, three years of residency training in pediatrics, and additional subspecialty training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. They evaluate, counsel, and provide treatment for children and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties including but not limited to ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, tics, Tourette syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, cerebral palsy, and regulatory disorders (sleep disorders, bedwetting etc). They work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals such as psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, child psychiatrists and neurologists to meet the needs of children and their families. Developmental and behavioral pediatricians help parents advocate for their children by working closely with schools, preschools and other agencies involved with developmental care and education.