Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Fellowship Program

DBP Overview

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is a pediatric subspecialty dealing with the identification, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of development and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults.  These disorders generally imply long-term, often lifelong, diseases and disabilities.  Conditions commonly encountered in this specialty include, but are not limited to:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
• Autism spectrum disorders
• Intellectual disability
• Specific learning disabilities
• Cerebral palsy
• Acquired brain injury
• Myelomeningocele
• Muscular dystrophy
• Down syndrome and other genetic disorders
• Emotional and behavioral problems
• Medical complexity

Our DBP Fellowship Program at UVA

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Virginia (UVA) is proud of our commitment to excellence in patient care, trainee education, research, and community outreach. Our three-year Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Successful completion of the fellowship qualifies the trainee for the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics examination, which is required for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

Our program selects approximately one fellow each year from a competitive pool of applicants, based upon the availability of funding. Prerequisites include three years of general pediatrics training, and U.S. citizenship or a J1 Visa. Selection preference is given to candidates who intend to pursue an academic position after completing the fellowship.

The UVA DBP fellowship also incorporates a Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) certificate upon graduation. The LEND program is a prestigious, federally-funded training experience that is integrated during one of the three years of the DBP fellowship. DBP Graduates state that the LEND network supports them throughout their careers in research collaboration, job opportunities, and community collegiality, focused on individuals with developmental disabilities

About the UVA Division of Developmental Pediatrics

UVA Children’s Hospital recognizes and supports the important role of child and adolescent development as it relates to general pediatrics.  The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) in the outpatient clinical unit of the UVA Children’s Hospital and includes the Division of Neuro-Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (NDBP) as well as Orthopedics, Urology, and physical/occupational/speech-language therapy.  The CDRC delivers outpatient evaluation and therapeutic services, as well as inpatient consultation services throughout the Children’s Hospital.

A primary goal of the NDBP Division is to provide interdisciplinary evaluation and management to patients and families and to communicate the impact of developmental disabilities to the medical and lay communities.  Other objectives of the faculty include:

  • Maintaining outstanding quality clinical services to patients and their families
  • Supporting specialized inter-disciplinary clinics such as for children with cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, muscular dystrophy, and acquired brain injury as well as neonatal high-risk infants
  • Providing consultation for pediatric inpatient units of the UVA Health System and for medical practitioners throughout Virginia
  • Teaching normal and aberrant development to medical students, pediatric house-staff, and fellows
  • Promoting recognition of the importance of developmental and behavioral pediatrics through publications, presentations at scientific meetings, and participation in community activities and ongoing education programs
  • Promoting and conducting clinical research and quality improvement projects to improve the care of children with disabilities