University of California, Davis
Updated: November 2013


Name of Program:

DBP Program University of California, Davis

Program Director:

Robin L. Hansen, M.D.


Robin L. Hansen, M.D.


There are insufficient medical professionals trained to address the increasing prevalence of complex neurodevelopmental, behavioral and environmental problems that affect the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families.

Goals and Objectives:

Our overarching goal is to enhance the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families by training leaders in developmental behavioral pediatrics 1) who understand the developmental, behavioral and psychosocial needs of children
and families on an individual as well as public policy level; 2) who are skilled in collaborating across disciplines and systems of care at local, regional and national levels to provide and promote evidence-based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care; and 3) who contribute to advancing knowledge in the prevention and treatment of developmental behavioral disorders through research and teaching.

Specific goals include:

  1. Recruit and train developmental behavioral pediatricians from diverse backgrounds to provide evidenced based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care.
  2. Train fellows to have the knowledge and leadership skills to collaborate effectively across disciplines and across systems of care in the provision of care and advocacy for children and families
  3. Train fellows to evaluate, design, implement and disseminate advances in research and policy that will shape the future of developmental behavioral pediatrics
  4. Train pediatric residents to deliver developmentally informed, culturally competent and compassionate pediatric care in the context of a medical home.
  5. Provide training opportunities to other health care providers on the provision of developmentally appropriate care and effective advocacy for children and families.


Interdisciplinary didactic, clinical, advocacy, and research activities are used to train fellows, pediatric residents, medical students, and community-based health professionals how to collaborate effectively to care for and advocate for children and families. Innovative
strategies for expanding the use of technology in training are utilized.

HP 2012 Objectives Addressed:

access to health services; disability and health; early and middle childhood; educational and community-based programs; maternal, infant and child health.


Interdisciplinary training in research, clinical care and advocacy will utilize faculty from the UC Davis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) as well as liaison faculty from the UC Davis Health System medical center campus, California State University Sacramento, and national, state, and community partnerships.


Multi-source evaluations of trainees, faculty and the program itself will measure both process (formative) measures of program implementation, as well as outcome (summative) measures of participant success and will be reviewed and utilized regularly for continuous program improvement.