University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Updated: November 2013


Name of Program:

Oklahoma Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Program Director:

Mark Wolraich, MD


Mark Wolraich, MD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1100 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73117
Phone: 405-271-5700

Web Site:


Despite previous program accomplishments, there continues to be a significant shortage of appropriately trained clinically competent Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians (DBP) to serve children with Autism and other related developmental disabilities in Oklahoma, We currently only have 2 certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians.


Goal 1 is to train highly qualified DBP by sustaining the capacity of our currently accredited training program in developmental-behavioral pediatrics to serve as an exemplary national model training program with the intent of providing leaders in DBP in Oklahoma with objectives to: 1) train DBP who have the skills to be academic leaders; 2) provide Fellows with skills to facilitate systems change in their community, state and nation; and 3) provide trainees with strong research interest to become independent researchers. Goal 2 is to improve the quality of the developmental-behavioral pediatric training of pediatric residents with the objective of facilitating change in residency. Goal 3 is to provide QI and continuing medical education initiatives to practicing primary care pediatricians across the state in the area of developmental-behavioral pediatrics and the fourth goal is to continue to facilitate the coordination and communication between and among agencies and families.


Fellowship training will include didactic, practicum and research experiences in clinical and community environments. There will be a strong focus on systems development strategies, community partnerships and coordinated services through the Sooner SUCCESS state infrastructure that allows for community training across integrated systems. The use of technology will be expanded for training and technical assistance. The quality improvement projects such as screening and identification of children with ASD and other DD will increase through clinical and community physician collaboration. Collaborative activities with other Health Sciences programs and state and local agencies will also continue and expand.


Family/professional partnerships at all levels of decision-making; access to comprehensive health and relatedservices through Medical Home, early and continuous screening, diagnosis and intervention, and organization of community services.


The project will coordinate through a collaborative state infrastructure developed with the OK Title V CYSHCN Program and other critical state/community partners to implement the key strategies of the interdisciplinary leadership training program. It will coordinate state and nationally through its relationships with the AAP, SDBP and AUCD.


The project evaluation will include both qualitative and quantitative elements through formative and summative evaluation.


The primary goal of the DBP Training Program is to prepare trainees with knowledge, skills and capacity to assume leadership roles in care of children and youth with ASD and other DD and their families. There is a significant shortage in OK of certified DBP. The project will expand didactic, practicum and research components focused on leadership, clinical competence, family involvement, and community service integration. Project evaluation will include both qualitative and quantitative elements through formative and summative evaluation.