Developmental Behavioral Fellowship

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Consistent with our emphasis on providing care in a community-oriented context, OHSU’s Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is based in the community, in a quiet neighborhood on the edge of the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. Our program is an integral component of the Institute on Development and Disability and the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at OHSU, and our fellows enjoy regular opportunities to participate in clinical, research, and teaching opportunities at our Portland campus. Our location in Eugene also offers opportunities for unique clinical, research, and teaching opportunities through the University of Oregon and through our partnership with other community-based programs and agencies.  

We offer comprehensive, outstanding fellowship training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, which entails developing expertise in the diagnosis and management of conditions, including: autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and other learning disabilities, various neurodevelopmental disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Our fellows learn from faculty in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and from pediatric sub-specialists in the fields of psychiatry, neurology, genetics, physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our program emphasizes mentoring in family-centered care and therapeutic communication. 

We aspire to improve the care of children and youth with developmental and behavioral conditions by mentoring pediatricians to become outstanding developmental-behavioral pediatricians. We seek applicants who desire to become leaders in clinical care, academic training, research, and advocacy for individuals with developmental and behavioral conditions. The OHSU Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program collaborates with the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities programs to provide a unique interdisciplinary training experience, which includes trainees in psychology, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, special education, genetics, psychiatry, community services, and advocacy. Comprehensive training takes place in a supportive and nurturing environment while providing a curriculum tailored to the career goals of the individual trainee. The faculty have widely varied interests and are excellent, dedicated clinical, academic, and research instructors. 

For more information about the OHSU Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program, please feel free to contact me by email at phelpsr@ohsu.edu. I look forward to the opportunity to share information about our unique program. 

Best Regards,

Randall Phelps, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Fellowship Program Director

  1. To prepare developmental-behavioral pediatricians who are skilled in interdisciplinary collaboration
  2. To prepare developmental-behavioral pediatricians who are competent and confident to independently diagnose and treat a broad variety of conditions, including: autism, intellectual disability, various disorders of learning and executive function, a wide variety of genetic conditions, trauma and stressor related disorders, sleep, and elimination disorders, etc.
  3. To prepare developmental-behavioral pediatricians who are prepared for community-based collaboration
  4. To prepare developmental-behavioral pediatricians who are also skilled in neurodevelopmental disabilities
  5. To prepare developmental-behavioral pediatricians for academic careers

Please see the Department of Pediatrics fellowship page for departmental benefits available to all pediatric fellows, and the OHSU GME page for Employment and Benefits information, including salary, transportation, and insurance.

Clinical training

The primary training site for the fellowship is in Eugene, OR, on the University of Oregon campus.

Throughout the fellowship program, fellows participate in:

  • At least weekly in child development team clinics, including staffing meetings with diverse teams comprised of various combinations of psychology, social work, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, registered dietician, and nursing 
  • At least weekly in DBP continuity clinic, learning to independently diagnose and manage common developmental-behavioral conditions, with close mentorship from faculty

From month 7 through 36, fellows participate monthly in:

  • Psychiatry clinic: with a focus on building expertise in the diagnosis and management of mood disorders, emerging thought disorders, personality disorders, somatoform disorders, etc, and to learn how to effectively collaborate with colleagues in psychiatry 
  • Neurology clinic: to build familiarity with common neurological conditions, which are often co-morbid with developmental-behavioral conditions, and to learn how to effectively collaborate with colleagues in neurology 
  • Neurodevelopmental clinics: learning the diagnosis and care of such conditions as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophies, and various syndromes that impact motor function, and to learn how to effectively collaborate with physical and occupational therapists

Throughout the first year, fellows participate at least monthly in the Relief Nursery outreach clinic, where they observe at-risk children at therapeutic preschool and meet with and collaborate with teachers and therapists in the diagnosis and care of these children.

In the second and third year of the program, fellows participate in:

  • Adolescent transition clinic: where they collaborate with University of Oregon faculty in educational psychology and transition to learn about community resources to support successful transition 
  • Rural outreach clinics: which entails travel to small outlying communities to provide care, to meet rural providers, and to experience first-hand the challenges of obtaining sub-specialty care far from the academic center

Throughout the fellowship program, fellows participate regularly in a variety of sub-specialty clinics, including: 

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation 
  • Genetics  
  • Down syndrome 
  • Rett syndrome 
  • Feeding clinics

Scholarship and professional development

With regular guidance from their Scholarship Oversight Committees, participation in monthly research seminars, and in collaboration with colleagues in human development at OHSU and the University of Oregon, fellows complete original research projects, including IRB proposal, grant applications, and primary data collection and analysis, and disseminate the results through national conferences and publications.

Fellows receive mentoring through our University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability in the process of completing a quality improvement project.

Fellows receive mentoring in other scholarly activity, such as book and manuscript reviews, textbook chapter writing, and curriculum development, and are encouraged to take leadership positions in the community and in national societies, etc.

Didactics

Fellows participate in neurology, neuropathology, and neurodevelopmental disabilities didactic programming.

The following educational sessions make up our curriculum: 

  • Weekly neuroscience conference
  • Monthly one-hour didactics in core topics in developmental behavioral pediatrics 
  • Twice-monthly Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) seminars and workshops 
  • Weekly Pediatrics Grand Rounds, twice-monthly attending in-person in Portland, supplemented by webinars 
  • Monthly psychiatry didactics 
  • Monthly research seminars, in collaboration with the Center for Human Development at the University of Oregon 
  • Monthly DBP Journal Club 
  • Monthly DBP Mortality and Morbidity/Challenging Case Conferences 
  • Annual participation in the Society of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics meeting

There are multiple other learning opportunities throughout the OHSU and University of Oregon campuses, including those specific to fellows’ chosen areas of concentration for scholarly activity and quality improvement activity.

Teaching opportunities

  • Fellows spend two days per month at the Portland campus, teaching pediatric residents on their DB rotations and in their continuity clinics, participating in conferences and giving formal presentations
  • Fellows also teach pediatric residents and other trainees on their rotations at the Eugene campus

Alumni

Faculty

    • Appointments and titles

      • Program Director, Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    • Areas of interest

      • Health services and healthcare disparities
      • Functional assessment/international classification of functioning
      • Transition planning for youth with disabilities
      • Down syndrome/genetic syndromes/intellectual disability
      • Autism spectrum disorders
      • Early childhood behavioral health and trauma-related behavioral disorders
      • Effect of prenatal toxic exposures on neurodevelopment
    • Appointments and titles

      • Co-Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilites
      • Chair, Medical Student Progress Board
      • Training Coordinator, Health Administration, Leadership Education in Developmental and Related Disabilities Program
    • Areas of interest

      • Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
      • Health Disparities and Systems of Care
      • Improving Mental Healthcare for Children and Adults with Disabilities
      • Adolescent Health Transition
    • Areas of interest

      • Diagnosis and interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities across the lifespan.
      • Specializing in nonverbal and ESL/ELL evaluations, visual impairment, and comorbid behavioral/emotional/psychiatric challenges.
    • Areas of interest

      • Autism Spectrum Disorders
      • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
      • Intellectual Disability and Global Developmental Delays
      • Rett Syndrome
      • Down Syndrome
      • Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
      • ADHD, OCD, and anxiety related disorders as well as sensory processing
    • Areas of interest

      • Evaluation and treatment of children with autism and related disorders
      • General developmental evaluation
      • Feeding disorders in children
    • Areas of interest

      • Developmental and behavioral diagnostic evaluations
      • Evidence-based psychological interventions
    • Areas of interest

      • Lifespan care
      • Clinical education
      • International healthcare

Please note: the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship is not recruiting for academic year 2021-2022.

How to apply

To apply to the OHSU Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program, please submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website.  

Application checklist (all submitted through ERAS):  

  • MyERAS application  
  • Personal statement  
  • Medical school transcript  
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) from medical school  
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum 3)  
  • United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) scores

Please also see the OHSU GME information on Applying to OHSU Residencies and Fellowships

Oregon Health and Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu

Contact us

Randall Phelps, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship
phelpsr@ohsu.edu

Kristina Fancy
Fellowship Program Technician, Pediatrics
503-718-5171
fancyk@ohsu.edu 

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