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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Trainee Liaison: Saimar Kumar 


Contact Information:


Program Director:

Douglas L. Vanderbilt, MD, MS

University of Southern California at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Boulevard, Mail Stop #53

Los Angeles, CA  90027

Phone: (323) 361-6994

FAX: (323) 361-8305




Program Profile:


The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Fellowship is a three-year ACGME accredited academic training program funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau DBP Training Program Grant.


Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is a unique subspecialty of Pediatrics that focuses on the child’s strengths and challenges within the context of the family using a transactional biopsychosocial perspective. We seek to provide the fellow with the most comprehensive and culturally diverse DBP training program. The overriding goal is to train the next generation of DBP leaders to improve the developmental-behavioral pediatric system of care for a culturally and linguistically diverse population through clinical care, research, teaching and advocacy. The fellow will be well prepared for the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Board examination.


The fellowship is a three year post-graduate training program. To be accepted, one must have already completed an ACGME accredited Residency in Pediatrics.



A Core Component of the DBP Fellowship is Research, with the following aim:

To educate DBP fellows in research, evaluation, and information dissemination skills related to evidence-based practice and research developments in the field, in order to optimize the life course trajectories of children with developmental-behavioral problems and their families through collaborations with the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Net, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI), CA Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC), and the Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

Research fundamentals are taught in structured and interactive didactics with the goal of a first author publication under the supervision of an experienced mentor and presentation at a national meeting.

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