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    Strategic Plan

    The mission of the Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (SODBP) is to strengthen collaboration between primary care pediatricians, developmental and behavioral subspecialists, and families to ensure children receive comprehensive high quality developmental and behavioral (DB) pediatric care.

    To achieve this mission, SODBP will work to optimize the relationship between primary care and subspecialists, provide education and disseminate strategies to support quality clinical practice, and advocate on behalf of children and providers to improve the quality and accessibility of DB services for children.

    All children experience optimal developmental and behavioral functioning and have access to the DB support services they need to maintain a high quality of life and full engagement in society. Pediatricians are prepared to provide DB care in a medical home with assistance from subspecialists and others who provide DB care.

    We believe:

    • All children have the potential for a meaningful life and society must value their needs and rights.
    • Developmental, physical, and behavioral health are intricately linked.
    • DB pediatrics represents a continuum of care from optimizing normal development to addressing and managing developmental and behavioral concerns, disorders, and disabilities.
    • Medical home principles including care coordination, family centered care, and cultural competence guide the provision of DB care.
    • The field of DB care requires a holistic, interdisciplinary approach with all professionals who care for a child.​

    Executive Committee
    History and Background on the Section

    ​The Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics was founded in 1960 for members primarily interested in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. The Section holds its organizational meetings and hosts educational programming at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE). Topics addressed at past educational programs have included managem​ent of autism, guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, Down syndrome, and feeding disorders in early childhood.

    The SODBP produces a bi-annual newsletter as one vehicle for communication between the Section Executive Committee and the membership at large. The Section is involved in the Academy’s Relative Based Resource Value Scale Project to assist the Academy in evaluating patient care activities. The Section actively supported the movement to make the developmental and behavioral pediatrics a board certified subspecialty.

    The goals and objectives of the SODBP are to improve the care of infants, children, and adolescents by:

    1. Providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments related to growth and development;
    2. Stimulating research in, and the teaching of, developmental and behavioral pediatrics;
    3. Disseminating knowledge of pediatric growth and development through Academy channels to the medical profession at large.

    Member Benefits

    ​Full members of the Section receive the following benefits:

    • Networking opportunities during the annual Section business meeting and through the Section’s e-mail discussion board;
    • Voting privileges for Section Executive Committee Elections (Affiliates, Residents not eligible to vote);
    • Opportunity to nominate colleagues for the annual Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Lectureship and C. Anderson Aldrich Awards;
    • The Section newsletter; and
    • The opportunity to participate in educational program development
    How You Can Become a Member

    Membership in the Section is open to all Fellows, Residents, International Members, and Affiliates who are actively involved in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and who are interested in contributing toward the objectives of the Section. A curriculum vitae and a copy of license in the relevant profession are required of Affiliate applicants. New​ Section Members are billed for dues annually.

    Applications for Section membership can be requested from the AAP Customer Service Center at (866) THE-AAP1, via e-mail

    For Fellows, Residents, and International Members, follow these directions to Join Online

    1. Click here
    2. Select your membership type to complete the online application. An email confirmation will be sent once payment is processed.

    For Affiliates, follow these directions to Join Online:

    1. Click here​
    2. Fill out all the required information to complete the online application. An email confirmation will be sent once payment is processed.

    Upon submission of a completed form, applications are reviewed. Approved applicants subsequently become members of the Section.

    Section Awards

    ​The Section sponsors the C. Anderson Aldrich Award and the Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Lectureship Award, which are presented at the NCE. These awards recognize pediatricians and non-pediatricians for their respective contributions to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Click here to learn more about the nomination process and past recipients.​