University of California, San Diego


Name of Program:

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program, UCSD

Program Director:

Sheila Gahagan, M.D., M.P.H.


University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive Department 0927
La Jolla, CA. 92093-0927
Phone: 619-681-0673
Fax: 619-681-0666 (fax)
E-Mail Address:


There is a need for innovative approaches to developmental-behavioral disorders including autism spectrum disorders. This is especially true for children living in communities that experience health disparities.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Goal 1. To educate DBP leaders who will use a lifecourse framework in approaching clinical care, medical education, research and advocacy.
  • Goal 2. To prepare DBP leaders who will promote cultural and linguistic competency and health literacy in DBP practice and their health care and public health institutions in order to address health disparities.
  • Goal 3. To develop DBP leaders as experts in autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.
    Goal 4. To provide high quality didactic and experiential DBP educational programs for medical students, residents in pediatrics and internal medicine-pediatrics.
  • Goal 5. To provide educational opportunities for practicing pediatricians in order to promote increased knowledge and clinical expertise in behavioral, psychosocial and developmental aspects of care.


Using a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary program to train outstanding DBP fellows, we focus on leadership in clinical care, medical education, research and advocacy. Building on longstanding community partnerships, we propose significant training in innovative community-based systems of care. We offer a focus on three special populations in our region.

HP 2012 Objectives:

Educational and Community-Based Programs; Health-Related Quality of Life; Maternal, Infant, Child Health; Social Determinants of Health


We coordinate with the Maternal, Child & Family Health Services of the San Diego Health and Human Service Agency and Healthy Developmental Services a county-wide system for early identification and intervention for developmental delay for young children.


We will provide an annual appraisal and analysis of the MCHB Performance Measures and expected outcomes. The long-term outcome will be the success of the fellows.


The UCSD DBP fellowship aims to train leaders in DBP who will develop innovative approaches to reducing health disparities in DBP. The fellows train at the University of California San Diego, Naval Medical Center San Diego and Kaiser Permanente San Diego and participate in community-based learning. We focus on health disparity populations in the border region and on children of active duty military families. We aim to develop new strategies to increase early diagnosis and intervention for developmental and behavioral problems in these communities and to train leaders who will create new innovative approaches.