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.

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 Chair:

Diane Langkamp, MD, MPH
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: (330) 543-8952



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