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Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) is a board-certified subspecialty of pediatrics that specializes in evaluating, counseling, and providing inpatient and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties.

Yale Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics provides detailed evaluations and treatment for children with a wide range of concerns in our outpatient Developmental Medicine center and through inpatient and community consultations.

Our clinical services currently include:


Faculty and fellows in DBP are actively conducting research across a broad range of important areas including:

  • Integrating mental health services into primary care
  • The genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Screening, diagnosis and treatment of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities
  • Evaluation and treatment of maternal depression within primary care settings
  • Identification of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Abnormalities in brain connectivity in children with ASD
  • The relationship between ASD and obesity

Yale DBP is also one of the DBP Research Network sites and is on the steering committee for this newly developed research network.

Advocacy and Policy Activities

DBP members' extensively participate in regional and national endeavors, all designed to strengthen protective factors and the life course for children and families. A few examples include:

DBP continues to grow and expand the breadth of clinical services we provide, the scope of our research endeavors and the range of our advocacy activities.