Department of Pediatrics

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Research


Collaborating over the years with colleagues in genetics, infectious disease, immunology, and the Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Meyer Center faculty have participated in numerous research studies, including those investigating the developmental outcomes of children with congenital infections [rubella, CMV, HIV], inherited metabolic disorders, genetic syndromes, congenital heart disease, and those born prematurely or drug exposed. Meyer Center faculty have also contributed to studies evaluating developmental and neuropsychological test instruments, the effects of nutrition on neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders, and the epidemiology of developmental-behavioral disorders, including learning disabilities, ADHD, intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.

As a developmental behavioral pediatrics fellow, you will have the opportunity to work with research mentors at Texas Children’s Hospital. Research is incorporated into the fellow’s schedules throughout the three years of fellowship.

  • Year One: 20 percent time research
  • Year Two: 40 percent time research
  • Year Three: 60 percent time research

An introduction to research is included within the Baylor Fellows College Curriculum, and if desired, fellows are encouraged and supported to undergo further research training.

A scholarly work product is required for certification in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Fellows have consistently presented their research at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) National Meeting and/or the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) National meeting annually.

Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct research alongside clinician-scientists at Baylor College of Medicine’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).


Current Fellows Research and Educational Projects

  • Patient Satisfaction in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics: In-Person versus Telemedicine
  • QI: Improving Transition to Adult Care for Patients with Developmental Diagnoses
  • Early Versus Delayed Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Factors Affecting Completion of In-Person Versus Telemedicine Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Efficacy of a Reach Out and Read Training Program for Pediatric Residents
  • Predictors of Delayed School Entry in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Rate of Autism Diagnoses in Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Understanding Barriers to Engagement and Resource Access for Spanish-Speaking Families 



The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is a partnership between 18 of the country’s leading DB pediatrics clinical, training, and research programs and the only national professional society devoted exclusively to developmental-behavioral pediatrics, the interdisciplinary Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP).

DBPNet will focus on a broad range of developmental-behavioral disorders that includes, but is not limited to, ASD. This provides the Network with a unique and important role in investigating assessment practices, biomarkers, and psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for symptoms that occur commonly across many neurodevelopmental disorders.

Baylor College of Medicine joined DBPNet in 2020.