About the program
The American Board of Pediatrics has established certification in two developmental subspecialties: Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP). Neurodevelopmental Disabilities is a conjoint program with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and emphasizes neuromotor development and developmental disabilities. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is under the sole auspices of the American Board of Pediatrics and focuses on psychosocial development and behavioral problems.
The OHSU program in NDD was certified in 2003, one of the first six NDD programs certified nationally. The NDD program is designed for 3 or 4 fellows total and requires 4 years of training. Fellows in Child Neurology very closely relate to the NDD fellows and faculty. The training is strongly interdisciplinary in orientation, and participation in community projects/programs is considered to be a vital component. In addition to clinical training, the fellowship emphasizes training and experience in research. The primary medical faculty consists of clinicians in Child Neurology as well as Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. The group is quite eclectic and research interests are varied. NDD faculty work very closely with colleagues in related disciplines (Metabolism, Genetics, etc.), so research opportunities are virtually endless.