Neonatal & Dev Medicine in the department of pediatrics

Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics

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We are an academically-based interdisciplinary professional team of developmental-behavioral pediatricians, psychologists, nurses, and other professionals who provide developmental and behavioral health care for children. The team has a four part mission: 1) To provide outstanding holistic clinical service to children at risk for developmental disorders, and children with delays or disabilities and to their families. 2) To deliver innovative education and training to a wide range of students and trainees. 3) To participate in collaborative partnerships with community agencies and services within the region and state to improve care to children with developmental disorders. 4) To conduct clinical and health services research that translate basic findings into effective clinical practice and policy.


In clinical service, we seek to provide family-centered care in every clinical encounter.

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Family-centered care entails listening carefully to families and children as they share their stories, acknowledging their strengths, meeting their needs, and sharing decision-making with them. We recognize and respect the diverse cultural roots of the children and families we serve.  We follow the biopsychosocial model of human development.  In practice, we try to understand the unique factors that influence a child’s development as the integration of biological social, emotional, economic, and political forces on the development of the child and the functioning of family. We emphasize a child’s functional abilities over categorical diagnoses.

In teaching, research, and community participation, as in clinical care, we seek to build strong collaborations in which all parties have a clear voice in decision-making.  

Dr. Feldman articulates the philosophy of our group in the following video, presented at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin, on April 25, 2013:


Developmental medicine at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital traces its

lynne with kidroots to the follow-up of the high-risk infant. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been a member of the National Institutes of Child Health and Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network since the 1990s. This membership required close attention to neurodevelopmental outcomes as a primary approach to the evaluation of medical interventions for high risk infants. High risk infant follow-up remains a central clinical and research activity in this division.

In 1999 the American Board of Medical Specialties approved subspecialty status for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP). Residency training in DBP became a requirement within the general pediatric residency. The clinical programs in Neonatal and Developmental Medicine continued to receive requests for evaluation of children with developmental and behavioral problems who were not high risk infants. The need for a defined program became increasingly apparent. In 2005, the chair of Pediatrics convened a task force to upgrade residency training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. In 2006, when Heidi M Feldman MD PhD joined the faculty, a formal section within the division was formed. In 2008, we launched a developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellowship, funded in part by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.


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