Division News

A compliation of professional and academic accomplishments and recognition in the popular press

In Brief

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Receives Aces Aware Grant

Tina Buysse MD and Barbara Bently, PsyD MS received a $100,000 grant which will be used to create a provider engagement collaborative of medical and mental health providers who serve young children with Medi-Cal insurance in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties.  A series of virtual sessions will promote the use of trauma-informed care when working with vulnerable children and their families during the Covid-19 emergency and beyond. The curriculum will extend the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware Initiative that has been created by the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).


Post Doc and Fellows Selected for MCHRI Grants
Three of our DBP team received Maternal & Child Health Research Institute grants this year:

  • Fellow Myong-sun Choe, MD received a Clinical Trainee grant for her project, "Improving use of a standardized neurological examination in high-risk infant follow-up: evaluation of a novel simulation curriculum for residents."

  • Fellow Machiko Hosoki, MD received a Clinical Trainee grant for her project, "Association of behavioral problems and white matter characteristics in a sample of children born preterm and term."

  • Post doc Lisa Bruckert, PhD received a Postdoctoral Support Grant for her study "Predicting long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants born preterm from diffusion MRI measures."

Congratulations Myong-sun Choe, MDMachiko Hosoki, MD and Lisa Bruckert, PhD!


CPQCC Primary Care Toolkit for Premature Infants and Children

Janice Lowe, MD has co-authored the CPQCC Primary Care Toolkit/Tip Sheets for Premature Infants and Children! This resource highlights nutritional, immunization, and special screening requirements for preterm infants and children; recommendations; updated references; and valuable guidance for NICUs discharge summaries.


Tele-training and Telehealth Paper Published by DBP Faculty

Lynne Huffman MD, Heidi Feldman MD and Laura Hubner MD published a paper ‘Fellows Front and Center: Tele-training and Telehealth’ which was selected as one of 10 chosen for publication out of 172 submissions answering a call for educational innovations surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic for Academic Pediatrics. The paper outlined our fellow training model: faculty/fellow paired for the entire visit, with fellow leading while faculty observes, and pre-brief/de-brief sessions.

Heidi Feldman named Distinguished Educator in Pediatrics

Heidi Feldman MD, PhD was selected by The Academic Pediatrics Association as a member of the Inaugural Cohort of the National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics (NADEP). Dr. Feldman was honored due to the depth and breadth of her educational experiences, expertise, and contributions to the field of Pediatrics.  NADEP recognizes elite medical educators and fosters exchange and dissemination of innovative ideas to further support and enhance the development of pediatric educators across the United States. Congratulations Dr. Feldman!

Congratulations to Sarah Dubner MD!

We are proud to announce that Dr. Dubner has been selected to become an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Bridge to K Program after graduating from her fellowship in July 2020. The Department will provide funding for up to three years with 75% protected time for research to support trainees applying for extramural career development grants, such as NIH K awards.

Dr. Dubner's research is focused on a pilot study on Parental Social Network Intervention to Promote Language Development in Children Born Preterm. We are very glad she will be staying with DBP at Stanford!


Faculty Publications by Year

Congratulations to our Graduating Fellows!

Our two graduating Fellows have made a tremendous contribution to DBP. We wish them well as take their next steps!

  • Hannah Perrin, MD, will be joining the UCSF faculty as Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental Medicine. She will be seeing patients in both Oakland and San Francisco, and will continue to participate in medical education through work with pediatrics residents. She hopes to continue her advocacy efforts on a local, state, or national level. Hannah’s fellowship research project on school readiness was accepted for publication in Pediatrics: “School Readiness in Preschoolers with Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”, Perrin HT, Heller NA, and Loe IM.
  • Yair Bannett, MD, was selected for the Department of Pediatrics Bridge to K Program, which provides support (beginning 7/1/2019) for continued research for up to three years. In addition, he was accepted into the Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Master’s Tuition Program, which provides up to $60,000 in tuition assistance over two years toward an approved master’s degree program. 


Fellows present at MCHB DBP Training Program annual meeting:

Fellows and fellowship program leaders attended the 2019 MCHB DBP Training Program Meeting on April 3-5. The meeting was held in Charleston, South Carolina and was hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina and Brown University programs. There were a number of thought-provoking presentations by research and government leaders and ample opportunity to network across the dozen programs that are supported by MCHB. Most importantly, our fellows presented updates about their research projects in large-group and small-group settings. Presentations included:

  • Dr. Bannett: Clinician-level variation in primary care management of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Two years of electronic health record data
  • Dr. Perrin: Development and evaluation of a school readiness curriculum for pediatrics residents
  • Sarah Dubner, MD: Near term white matter microstructure and language outcomes in 2 year old children born preterm
  • Myong-sun Choe, MD: Characteristics and effects of the academic half day model in post-graduate medical training


David Ansel, MD, recently spoke on psychopharmacology and participated in a panel discussion before an audience of >100 primary care pediatricians at "Pediatric Mental Health Day", the Spring CME conference of California Chapter 1 of the AAP.

On April 19, Dr. Bannett presented at Stanford's 10th Annual Pediatrics Research Retreat on "Clinician-level Variation in Primary Care Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." He received an award for outstanding oral presentation.