Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Program is the largest board-certified program in Southern California. Our developmental-behavioral pediatricians integrate multiple perspectives to create a complete and holistic understanding of your child’s strengths and challenges. They also assist primary caregivers to understand and appreciate your child’s behavior in relationship to his or her overall development.

Through the DBP Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, your child may be connected to a wide range of specialists who are able to address collectively the unique health needs of each individual child with developmental and behavioral issues. Care coordinated by the DBP Program may include treatment planning, behavioral medication management and recommendations for further assessment or additional therapeutic strategies.

Research Activities

  • Child abuse
  • Childhood obesity
  • High-risk infant follow-up
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Mental health

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Program is housed within the hospital's Division of General Pediatrics. The DBP Program, along with the Boone Fetter Clinic and the USC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, is part of the CHLA-USC Institute for the Developing Mind, an initiative that provides children and families with a central source for clinical assessment, treatment and a wide range of additional resources. The program offers innovative clinical research programs that can hold the promise of providing new treatment opportunities.

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