Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network Update

December 22, 2016

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is a 14 site Network whose mission is "to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research in developmental and behavioral pediatrics that advances clinical practice, supports research training, and optimizes the health and functional status of children with developmental and behavioral concerns and disorders, including children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities". The Network had a successful competitive renewal in the past year and is now funded from 9/16 through 8/21.

Current studies within DBPNet include a study to validate outcome measures developed by the NIH Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) initiative in adolescents with ASD and a NIMH-funded multi-site randomized clinical trial of a family navigator intervention to improve access to care and reduce health disparities among vulnerable low-income families with children with an autism spectrum disorder.

Over the past year the network presented 10 scientific presentations at national meetings and had 3 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.



Hansen RL, Blum NJ, Gahman A, Shults J, on behalf of the DBPNet Steering Committee. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder by Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians in Academic Centers: A DBPNet Study. Pediatrics 2016;137(s2):s79-89.

Harstad EB, Blum NJ, Gahman A, Shults J Chan E, Barbaresi W for the DBPNet Steering Committee. Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians: A DBPNet Study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2016;37(7):541-547.

Toomey M, Schwartz J, Laverdiere M, Tucker C, Bevans K, Forrest CB, Blum NJ. Preliminary Validation of the PROMIS Pediatric Parent-Proxy Peer Relationships Measure in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A DBPNet Study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2016;37:724-729