Interprofessional Leadership for
Developmental-Behavioral Health


  • American Academy of Pediatrics establishes Committee on Mental Hygiene with Bronson Crothers as Chair

    Brief Bio Link:


  • Bronson Crothers, neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital publishes “A Pediatrician in Search of Mental Hygiene,” proposing that ideally the pediatrician is in the best position to deal with children’s behavior in the context of the family, with emphasis on prevention and early diagnosis


  • The Child Study Unit in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco is established under George Shade. The focus is on teaching of pediatricians in the mental health aspects of pediatric practice with an emphasis on child development, prevention of mental health problems, and training to improve interviewing skills

  • American Academy of Pediatrics establishes Section on Mental Health with Milton Senn as Chair

    Link to Milton Senn obituary in NY Times, 1990

    1953 Link to NY Academy of Science audio of Dr. Senn speaking in the “the Art and Science of Growing Up.”

  • Fellowships in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics are established at Syracuse under Julius Richmond and at Yale under Milton Senn

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  • W.T. Grant Foundation funds 2 “psychological pediatrics” training programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Department of Pediatrics under Henry Cecil and at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Psychiatry under Leo Kanner and Leon Eisenberg. Bill Carey at CHOP and Bob Chamberlain at Hopkins are the first fellows. The model originated at CHOP will ultimately prevail.

    Link to WT Grant Foundation:

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  • The AAP Section on Mental Health becomes the Section on Child Development under the leadership of Julius Richmond

  • President John F. Kennedy establishes President’s Panel on Mental Retardation

    Link to archives at JFK library:

  • Public Law 88-164 and Public Law 88-156 include legislation to implement recommendations of President Kennedy’s Panel on Mental Retardation and provides federal funding for community mental health centers in the United States, leading to the start of deinstitutionalization and funding of Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

  • Fellowship training in adolescent medicine, behavior, and community health is established at the University of Rochester under Bob Haggerty, Stan Friedman, and Evan Charney

    Link to AAP history Center interview with Bob Haggerty done in 1998:

  • The Child Study Unit at UCSF establishes Fellowship program

  • Construction of the first University Affiliated Facilities begins

  • Julius Richmond calls child development the basic science of pediatrics

    Link to article abstract:

  • The Child Study Unit at UCSF establishes mandatory rotation for pediatric residents

  • Stan Friedman coins the phrase “behavioral pediatrics”


  • T. Berry Brazelton develops fellowship training program emphasizing Birth to 3, and focused on the parents’ role in promoting their children’s mental health. Suzanne Dixon, Peter Gorski, Barbara Howard, and Barry Zuckerman are among the early graduates


  • Bob Haggerty describes “the new morbidity”

    Link to a bio on Haggerty:

    Stan Friedman defines behavioral pediatrics as ‘‘an area within pediatrics which focuses on the psychological, social and learning problems of children and adolescents”

  • W.T. Grant Foundation funds 11 programs to train pediatric residents in behavioral pediatrics at:

    Boston University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Columbia University
    Duke University
    Indiana University
    State University of New York (Syracuse)
    University of California at Los Angeles
    University of Maryland
    Pennsylvania State University (Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)
    University of Utah
    Wayne State University

  • 11 program directors meet annually at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting

  • Task Force on Pediatric Education finds that the most significant inadequacies in resident education are the biopsychosocial and developmental aspects of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. The report predicts that ‘‘pediatricians will be called on increasingly to manage children with emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, chronic illness, and other problems of a developmental, psychological, and social nature.’’

    Bureau for Handicapped Children hosts National conference on Model Programs and curriculum in Developmental Pediatrics

  • Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics launches with Marvin Gottlieb as Editor

  • Karen Olness hosts a series of innovative, interactive CME conferences on common developmental-behavioral pediatric concerns utilizing video technology. Faculty include Stan Friedman, Morris Green, and Esther Wender.

  • Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics established for the purpose of promoting research and teaching in the field of behavioral pediatrics

    Multiple disciplines are encouraged to join, as long as they are pursuing research, teaching or clinical care in behavioral pediatrics

    An editorial by Curran in the newsletter of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry raises concerns about the “overall threat” that behavioral pediatrics may have to the future of Child Psychiatry

  • Stan Friedman serves as first President of the Society

  • Society for Behavioral Pediatrics is incorporated after Society for Developmental Pediatrics contests use of SDBP

    First annual meeting is held in Washington, DC

    Michael Cohen gives first keynote address entitled “The Society for Behavioral Pediatrics: A New Portal in a Rapidly Moving Boundary”

    Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics textbook is published, edited by Levine, Carey, Crocker, and Gross. This text is the first to combine development and behavior for pediatricians

  • JDBP becomes official journal of SBP


  • The Easton conference is held to define the field. Participants decide that it would be premature to attempt a definition of behavioral pediatrics.

    Stan Friedman becomes editor of JDBP

  • MCHB provides the first funding to 12 programs “to train academic leaders, faculty and researchers” in DBP (at the time referred to as “Behavioral Pediatrics”) through three-year academic/research fellowships

  • A Curriculum Guide for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is published in JDBP

    The AAP Section on Child Development becomes the Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics under the leadership of Barry Zuckerman

  • President John Kennell stresses the competing goals of creating an identity as a specialty while remaining in the mainstream of general pediatrics

  • SBP Annual meeting separates from the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting

  • President Bill Carey leads dialogue on the pros and cons of subspecialty certification in developmental-behavioral pediatrics



    Bill Carey raises need for alternative to DSM

  • President Karen Olness appoints committee to meet with the American Board of Pediatrics to develop the subspecialty of developmental-behavioral pediatrics

    Additional Background that could be added to a link: The Committee was cochaired by Bill Carey and John Kennell. Other members were Curt Bennett, Tom Boyce, Allen Crocker, Dan Kohen, Barbara Korsch, Jack Shonkoff, Mark Wolraich, Sam Yancy, and Ellen Perrin

    ACGME places moratorium on approving new subspecialty certification

    Mary Sharkey becomes managing editor of JDBP

  • President Bonnie Camp leads establishment of workshop on residency education

  • Society hosts its first meeting separate from the Pediatric Academic Societies

    Research Committee is established

    Society for Behavioral Pediatrics becomes Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics under President Mark Wolraich


  • Practice Issues Committee is established

  • President Peter Gorski calls for moving away from a deficit model of health care while identifying opportunities to foster resilience in children and families

    Negotiations with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Society for Developmental Pediatrics over subspecialty board certification continue

  • ACGME lifts moratorium on new subspecialties

    Applications for certification in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities are supported by the American Board of Pediatrics

    Paul Dworkin becomes 3rd editor of JDBP

    Residency Review Committee mandates one month rotation in developmental-behavioral pediatrics

  • American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Medical Specialties approve Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics as the 13th pediatric subspecialty, as well as Neurodevelopmental Disabilities



    Curricular Guidelines for Residency Training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics published in JDBP under the leadership of Dan Coury

  • Denny Drotar is first psychologist to serve as SDBP president

    Subboard of DBP established in ABP. First time in ABP history 2 non-pediatricians appointed as consultants to a sub-board (one psychologist, one psychiatrist), also one neurologist (he was a pediatrician)

    Kelly Kelleher and colleagues report that clinician-identified psychosocial problems in 425 private practices increased from 6.8% to 18.7% of all pediatric visits among 4- to 15-year-olds from 1979 to 1996

    Future of Pediatric Education II report concludes that ‘‘Pediatric training should continue to emphasize in-depth knowledge of normal development . . . but should also embrace new areas that mirror the changing health needs of children, including neurodevelopmental, behavioral and genetic issues.’

  • Sub-board in DBP advises RRC regarding requirements for fellowship training in DBP

  • First applications for accreditation of Fellowship Programs in DBP are accepted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

    American Board of Pediatrics offers first certification examination in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

    SDBP collaborates with AAP Section on Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics to host inaugural DB:PREP Course, an intensive review and update in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

  • President Ron Barr challenges us to define the basic science of developmental-behavioral pediatrics

    History of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics by Robert J. Haggerty and Stanford B. Friedman published in JDBP.

    Suzanne Dixon becomes 4th editor of JDBP

    SDBP transitions management to Association Headquarters

  • President Dan Coury leads strategic initiative that stresses importance of increased collaboration with organizations outside of medicine and expanded interdisciplinary membership

  • President Heidi Feldman leads restructuring of SDBP Committees and transition to new management team

    SDBP establishes Research Grant Award

    JDBP celebrates its 25th anniversary

  • Degnon Associates assumes management responsibilities for SDBP

    President Paul Dworkin challenges members to focus on our roots in general pediatrics while leading efforts to promote and influence system change to promote child development through broad alliances

    Nurse practitioners gather at annual meeting to discuss their roles in developmental-behavioral pediatrics

  • SDBP celebrates 25th anniversary at annual meeting in Providence, R.I.

    SDBP establishes first Special Interest Groups for ADHD and Autism

  • SDBP adopts new logo

    SDBP becomes an affiliated organization of the Pediatric Academic Societies

  • President Robin Hansen reminds us that regardless of our discipline, we are all “healers of children.”

    PREP:DBP online self-assessment is launched

    JDBP launches new Web Platform

    SDBP participates in Mental Health Summit

  • JDBP expands to 9 issues per year

    SDBP establishes Nurse Practitioner Special interest Group

    DBP fellowship programs join the National Resident Matching Program

  • MCHB/HRSA supports establishment of DBPNet, a 12 site Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics research network



    AAP Section on DBP and SDBP join forces to form DBP Committee on Coding

    International DBPeds and Early Childhood Special Interest Groups are launched

    The country of Turkey approves Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics as a pediatric subspecialty (this coincided with the 1st National Congress of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in Ankara, Turkey)

  • SDBP Board approves new strategic plan with goals to ensure the continued success of the field of developmental-behavioral pediatrics; support life-long learning through synthesis, translation and dissemination of evidence-based DBP; and promote high quality developmental-behavioral research.

    Hong Kong College of Pediatrics approves DBP as a pediatric subspecialty

  • SDBP Board approves policy for developing and disseminating position statements to advance our advocacy agenda

  • SDBP hosts first Research Scholars Symposium in collaboration with MCHB

    SDBP Board approves policy for developing and disseminating clinical practice guidelines for interprofessional specialty care in developmental-behavioral pediatrics

  • Lee Pachter is named fifth editor of JDBP

    Mary Sharkey steps down as managing Editor of JDBP after 22 years

    1st International Developmental Pediatrics Congress in Istanbul, Turkey - addressing the unique challenges of DBP in countries with limited resources