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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

Clinical Training | Research Opportunities | Eligibility and Selection | Application

Fellowship Director:
Barbara T. Felt, M.D.

Current Fellows

Lauren O'Connell, MD, HOVI
Megan Pesch, MS, MD, HOIV

Mission and Overview

The University of Michigan Fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics is a three-year program that fulfills the requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP).  It is accredited by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The goal of this fellowship program is to train outstanding academic developmental-behavioral pediatricians who will be future leaders in the field. The training is broad and inter-disciplinary in scope and includes a strong faculty, diverse patient population, superb research opportunities, and numerous educational and advocacy experiences. We expect that graduates of our fellowship program will improve the quality of life and systems of care for parents, infants, youth and adolescents.

Clinical Training

The purpose of the clinical portion of the fellowship program is to train DBP fellows to be leaders in interdisciplinary clinical care that is focused on promotion of positive health behaviors, maintenance of health, and treatment of acute or chronic medical and/or behavioral conditions. We care for children from birth through adolescence who have problems that vary in complexity and level of impairment. Our service offers evidence-based evaluation, treatment, education and intervention  for conditions such as ADHD, Autism, behavioral sleep disorders, developmental delay,  elimination disorders,  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, genetic disorders and complications related to perinatal problems.  Our clinical training primarily occurs in outpatient settings and utilizes the rich and unique resources available at the University of Michigan. This training involves faculty members within Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, as well as other disciplines including Pediatric Psychology,  and Adolescent Medicine.  

The first year of fellowship training is aimed at gaining competencies in the clinical discipline of DBP. Fellows will have 8.5 months devoted primarily to outpatient clinical experiences, including DBP outpatient clinics, focused rotation months in Neurology, Genetics, Child Abuse, Adolescent Medicine, Child Psychiatry and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and  experiences with Pediatric Psychologists. Didactic conferences in DBP and Pediatric Psychology provide educational content in the first year and case-conference review on going for all three years. During the second and third years when fellowship training focuses on research, fellows will continue with six DBP continuity clinics per month. The fellows may elect further development within ancillary clinics in place of 1-2 of these clinical experiences monthly.

Research Opportunities

Research training is a major focus of the University of Michigan DBP fellowship program. Our overall goal is to educate and train D-B pediatricians who will be leaders and contribute to the scientific base of the field especially related to improving child and family quality of life and eliminating health disparities. Fellows’ research training will take advantage of the resources at the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) (,  and other groups in Pediatrics and other departments, schools and units. Our approach to research and research training is thoroughly interdisciplinary. We can provide research training for fellows who want to study basic brain processes as well as clinical research. We offer particular expertise in early feeding behavior, obesity and nutrition disorders, perinatal risk factors and sleep and elimination disorders.  To develop research leaders, our intent is to train fellows to be independent investigators who can collect and analyze their own data, rather than only directing others to do so, and seek the research support needed to sustain an academic career. Because of the heavy emphasis on research in our program, applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to research at the time of application. This is often evidenced by research experiences during college, medical school, and/or residency. Fellows will devote 80% time during the second and third years to their research projects.

Advocacy Training

Advocacy is an essential component of DBP leadership. Fellows in our program will receive both  experiential learning in advocacy through our strong linkages with Title V programs, Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSCN), and the State AAP. During the first year of fellowship, fellows will learn about advocacy for individual patients from faculty mentors. During the second year of training fellows may choose a local advocacy project, such as working with a local school or a physicians group to improve care for a condition related to developmental, behavioral or psychosocial needs of children. During the third year of fellowship, fellows will gain experience by observing faculty work in advocacy at the state-level.

Core DBP Faculty

Barbara Felt, M.D
Betsy Lozoff, MD
Julie Lumeng, MD
Prachi Shah, MD

Eligibility and Selection

Eligible candidates will have either a M.D. or a D.O. degree and will have successfully completed a three-year residency in Pediatrics from an ACGME accredited program. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.

University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education: Prospective Residents & Fellows
University of Michigan GME Policy on House Officer Selection.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Applications are accepted through ERAS.


The University of Michigan Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics follows the Graduate Medical Education policy on Trainee Supervision.
Global Clinical Program Trainee (Resident) Supervision Policy