Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network
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What is D-B Pediatrics?

Developmental-behavioral (D-B) pediatrics is a subspecialty of pediatrics that focuses on the processes of typical development and behavior and the environmental and biological factors that enhance these processes or cause perturbations that may result in developmental or behavioral problems and disorders. D-B pediatricians assess child functioning across multiple domains, including motor skills, thinking, communication, social and emotional functioning, and behavioral regulation. In addition, they evaluate children for a wide range of developmental and behavioral disorders including autism spectrum disorders and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. They also assess family functioning and have knowledge of community resources that allows them to help families develop comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered management plans that address the diverse needs of families within their communities.

What is the DBPNet?

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is a partnership between 14 of the country’s leading DB pediatrics clinical, training, and research programs and the only national professional society devoted exclusively to developmental-behavioral pediatrics, the interdisciplinary Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP).

DBPNet will focus on a broad range of developmental-behavioral disorders that includes, but is not limited to, ASD. This provides the Network with a unique and important role in investigating assessment practices, biomarkers, and psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for symptoms that occur commonly across many neurodevelopmental disorders.

Mission Statement

To conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research in developmental and behavioral pediatrics that advances clinical practice, supports research training, and optimizes the health and functional status of children with developmental and behavioral concerns and disorders, including children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

DBPNet Structure and Governing

The DBPNet is composed of 14 sites, one of which is the Network Coordinating Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.



The DBPNet is governed by:

Executive Committee

  • Consists of 6 members including PI and Project Manager from NCC, PIs from 3 member sites, and the elected Chairperson from the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee

  • Consists of PI and Project Manager from NCC, PI representative from each member site, Representative from HRSA/MCHB, and 1 member appointed by Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP).


  • Research Protocol Development and Review Subcommittee (RPDRS): This Subcommittee review’s all externally submitted research protocols and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee as to whether the protocol should be sent to the Steering Committee for approval, rejected, or sent back to the investigator for further development or clarifications. This Subcommittee will also work with the Executive Committee on developing Network research proposals that will be submitted for external funding.
  • Dissemination Subcommittee (DS): This Subcommittee works primarily with the Executive Committee to disseminate information about DBPNet and its research studies to DB pediatricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists through professional society newsletters, the DBPNet website, and presentations about the Network at annual meetings of professional societies. As DBPNet research is completed they will work with SDBP and investigators to ensure that research findings are disseminated to health professionals, policymakers, family members, and the greater public.
  • Family Subcommittee (FS): The family subcommittee is directed by Ms. Amy Kratchman at The Network Coordinating Center and includes parents from other DBPNet Sites.  These parents serve as consultants to the RPDRS and DS, work with the network on the development of research studies, and review all research summaries prior to posting to the DBPNet website.

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