Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Network
The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is a consortium of 16 academic developmental-behavioral clinical and research programs and the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) that collaborates on interdisciplinary research and dissemination of best practices to optimize the health and wellbeing of children and young adults with developmental differences and mental/behavioral health challenges. DBPNet receives infrastructure support through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau. For more information about ongoing DBPNet research efforts, click here.
SAFE Initiative Co-Chairs
Marilyn Augustyn is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and has led a DBP Division of over 40 multidisciplinary members with clinical, research and education roles for over 30 years. She co-founded the Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center with Shari Krauss, and she has been an active leader nationally in the clinical space advocating for inclusive environments for all. Dr. Augustyn is the current president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Carol Weitzman is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and the Co-Director of the Autism Spectrum Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Medicine. She is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Nationally, she is the immediate past president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the immediate past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, and a member of the American Board of Pediatrics DBP sub-board. Dr. Weitzman was the site PI on an NIMH study to reduce disparities in identifying children of color with ASD. She is also an investigator on a recently funded NICHD PHASES ACES Center grant that will investigate predictors of autism screening.
Cy Nadler is a Clinical Psychologist and the Josh Barnds & Stella Carlson Endowed Professor for Autism at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. He serves as the Site PI for the Kansas City DBP consortium site of DBPNet, co-chair of the Autism SIG for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and as a member of the Missouri Autism Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Nadler’s clinical, academic and outreach efforts are focused on the interprofessional care and health/behavior outcomes of youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including the structural barriers in care systems that reduce access and impede quality.