Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Updated: November 2013


Name of Program:

Children's Hospital Los Angeles Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program at the University of Southern California

Program Director:

Douglas Vanderbilt, MD


Ph: 323-361-210
Fax: 323-361-4429


There is the need to train the next generation of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric (DBP) leaders to improve the system of care for a culturally/linguistically diverse population in Southern CA through direct care, teaching, advocacy and research.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Fellows as Care Providers:

1.1: Recruit and train at least 1 fellow/ year (3 racial/ethnic minorities).

1.2: Demonstrate culturally competent, family centered evaluation/treatment clinical skills.

1.3: Perform diagnostic assessments with a focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

1.4: Utilize interdisciplinary team knowledge/skills.

Goal 2: Fellows as Scholars:

2.1: Acquire skills in research.

2.2: Conduct research leading to presentation.

2.3: Faculty disseminate research.

Goal 3: Fellows as Advocates:

3.1: Develop self-reflective leadership skills.

3.2: Complete a community-based MCH leadership project.

3.3: Complete an administrative/quality improvement project.

3.4: Provide TA to MCH professionals.

3.5: Faculty provide Title V consultations.

Goal 4: Fellows as Educators:

4.1: Improve DBP presentation skills.

4.2: Utilize effective teaching of residents/medical students.

4.3: Utilize effective teaching of primary health care providers, interdisciplinary groups and community members.

Goal 5: Health Provider Education:

5.1: Medical students learn DBP knowledge/skills.

5.2: Residents learn DBP knowledge/skills.

5.3: Pediatric practitioners learn DBP knowledge/skills.


The individualized MCH competency-based curriculum responds to the DBP Training Program objectives and supports the overall goals of clinical practice, scholarship, teaching, and advocacy.

DBP fellows will be exposed 1) discipline-specific and interdisciplinary clinical settings 2) extensive clinical, seminar and leadership curriculum 3) national MCH module seminars, self-study modules, web-based training, webinars, and teleconferences. 4) engaging the CA-LEND, Autism Treatment Network and SC CTSI programs. Program responds to MCHB Strategic Plan, Life Course Perspective, Healthy People 2020 and CAAI.

HP 2012 Objectives:

Program addresses: Disability/Health; Maternal/Infant/Child Health; Early/Middle Childhood; Adolescent Health; Access to Health Services; Educational/ Community-Based Programs; Substance Abuse; Social Determinants; Mental Health; Vision; Hearing/Communication Disorders; Injury/Violence Prevention; Nutrition/Physical Activity.


We coordinate with State Councils-Early Intervention/ DD, CA Title V, CA DDS, ATN, AAP, Head Start, CA Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, LA County Dept. Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health programs, Family Voices.


Program collects formative and summative data including DBP attendance, faculty feedback in seminars, training clinic, and leadership activities and assignments, DBP Individualized Leadership Plan (ILP) portfolio, fellow/patient/community feedback


Given the increasing cultural diversity in Southern CA, CHLA DBP program will improve the system of care for this diverse population through direct care, teaching, advocacy and research by training fellows, residents, medical students, and health providers in DBP knowledge/skills. We provide leadership training in evidence-based biopsychosocial care, interdisciplinary research, technical assistance and collaboration with MCH professionals and Title V.