Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics SIG

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SIG Description

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics SIG meets annually at the PAS meetings and addresses important issues in the field. Each year the SIG has presenters on topics ranging from cutting edge research to pragmatic changes in everyday practice to promote optimal child development. The SIG has a membership of primary care providers as well as board certified developmental - behavioral pediatricians.


The SIG has no current projects. Interests over the past few years have involved re-thinking well child care and primary care approaches to reducing disruptive behavior and promoting healthy development.

Annual Report

Diane Langkamp, MD, MPH (term ending 2018)
Katherine Zuckerman, MD, MPH (term starting 2017)

SIG purpose/mission: The purpose of this SIG is to provide a forum within the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) for members to share research (and ideas for research), innovative educational programs, and advocacy efforts with respect to developmental behavioral pediatrics in primary care and in subspecialty care.

Current SIG goals:
1. To foster interest and discussion in emerging areas relevant to developmental behavioral pediatrics.
2. To support education and research in developmental behavioral pediatrics in primary care and in subspecialty care.

Annual summary: Our primary focus has been the SIG meeting at the PAS meeting.  This year, our main speaker at our SIG was Jenny Radesky, MD from the University of Michigan who spoke on the Developmental Behavioral Basis of the New AAP Guidelines on Early Childhood Media Use.  The session focused on the use of media from birth to age 6 years and its relationship to early childhood development. Earlier studies were limited to television viewing, but with the explosion of different media platforms and the portability of such devices, young children have ready access to multiple devices throughout their day. Jenny Radesky reviewed the evidence about the effect of media on early childhood development.  Diane Langkamp facilitated the discussion and a brief business meeting.  Katherine Zuckerman agreed to begin a 3-year term as co-chair and we will be looking for another co-chair to start a 3-year term in 2018.

Other groups:
Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of the AAP, Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

June 2014 Newsletter Article

The topic for the APA Developmental -Behavioral Pediatrics SIG on May 3 at the PAS meeting was "Can Mental Health Become Mainstream Pediatrics? Statewide Approaches to Transforming Pediatric Primary Care". About 35 people attended to hear presentations from 3 states about ways to improve identification and management of behavioral problems in the primary care setting. John Duby and Rebecca Baum presented the "Building Mental Wellness" (or BMW) program they have developed and are implementing in Ohio. Frances Rushton described the work being done by the South Carolina QTIP program. Linda Grossman of the Baltimore County Health Department described the D-TECKT program developed by the Maryland Chapter of AAP to help physicians approach complex child behavioral problems in the primary care setting. She also described how they developed the BI-PED Project (Brief Interventions in Pediatric Mental Health for the Pediatric Practitioner) that includes resources for screening and diagnosis as well as parent handouts on specific behavioral problems and parent handouts on specific non-pharmacologic interventions for common behavioral problems. A lively discussion followed. The slides from these 3 presentations will be available on the SIG web page on the APA website soon.

We are open to suggestions for topics or speakers for the 2015 DBP SIG meeting. Please forward your ideas to Diane Langkamp at

SIG Chair:
Diane Langkamp

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Past Meetings

The SIG was at the PAS Meeting in Baltimore May 2-5,2009.

The 2008 Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics SIG featured a presentation by Regina Gargis, Andrea Hart and Betsy Johnson of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. They spoke on promoting social competence and cooperation in toddlers with disruptive behaviors. Their session focused on therapeutic ways to empower parents to develop stronger child-parent relationships.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Jenny Radesky, MD
300 North Ingalls St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Katharine Zuckerman, MD MPH
707 SW Gaines St
Portland, OR 97239-3098
Phone: (503) -49-1930



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