Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program
at UC Davis
Trainee Liaison: Ruchi Punatar, M.D.
Robin Hansen, M.D.
The UC Davis DBP fellowship is deeply embedded and aligned with the activities of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) at the UC Davis 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. Family-centered care is an essential component of our DBP training program.
The overarching goal of the three year Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) fellowship at UC Davis 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 through research and teaching.
Our DBP fellowship is a three-year program which provides training for pediatricians who participate in a broad array of didactic, experiential, simulated and clinical interdisciplinary training experiences related to clinical assessment and diagnosis, research, program development, leadership and advocacy. The Baby Steps (NICU Follow-up) Clinic, Child Development Clinic, Feeding Clinic, Fragile X Clinic, Genetics Clinic, 22q Healthy Minds Clinic, and Pediatric PM&R Clinics are all interdisciplinary clinics in which fellows participate. Interdisciplinary colleagues include nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, geneticists, genetic counselors, dietitians, social workers, SLP, educators, PT, OT, and public health professionals. Fellows participate in community projects in order to develop and practice skills in community engagement, needs assessment, advocacy, public policy, finance/budgeting, and program design, administration and evaluation. With the State Capitol less than five miles away from our medical center campus, we are in an ideal location to provide learning opportunities in state government systems, public policy, and advocacy.
A significant strength of our training program is our goal to train fellows to have the knowledge, attitudes and leadership skills to evaluate, design, implement and disseminate advances in research and policy that will shape the future of developmental behavioral pediatrics. The fellows are exposed to nationally and internationally recognized leaders in translational research regarding the causes and treatments of NDD. Opportunities for collaborative and clinical research with investigators from the UC Davis main campus as well as from the medical center campus are available, including the Department of Pediatrics, the MIND Institute, the Clinical Translational Science Center, the Center for Health Policy, the Center for Mind and Brain and the Center for Neuroscience.