Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Network Resources

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Physician-scientists who participate in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Network assess child functioning across multiple domains, including motor skills, thinking, communication, social and emotional functioning, and behavioral regulation. In addition, they evaluate children for a wide range of developmental and behavioral disorders including autism spectrum disorders and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. They also assess family functioning and have knowledge of community resources that allows them to help families develop comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered management plans that address the diverse needs of families within their communities.

Resources for Families

  • Learn more about the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Network by viewing our digital story.

Resources for New Collaborators

  • Learn more about how to collaborate with DBPNet on a research project by watching a helpful webinar.

Proposal Submission Process

Dissemination Committee:

  • May 24th – Submissions due to be reviewed on Jun 7th
  • Jun 21st – Submissions due to be reviewed on Jul 5th
  • Jul 19th – Submissions due to be reviews on Aug 2nd
  • Aug 23rd – Submissions due to be reviewed on Sep 6th
  • Sep 20th – Submissions due to be reviewed on Oct 4th

RPR Committee:

  • May 3rd – Submissions due to be reviewed on May 17th
  • Jun 7th – Submissions due to be reviewed on Jun 21st
  • Jul 5th – Submissions due to be reviewed on Jul 19th
  • Aug 2nd – Submissions due to be reviewed on Aug 16th
  • Sep 6th – Submissions due to be reviewed on Sep 20th

A Principal Investigator at a DBPNet Site interested in proposing a study to be conducted within DBPNet should prepare a brief Letter of Intent/Inquiry (LOII) according to the current network guidelines noted in the template (link below). The LOII should outline the aims and hypotheses, importance of the question, methods proposed, and any potential funding mechanism.

Investigators who are not affiliated with a DBPNet site who want to submit a proposal to DBPNet should develop the LOII in collaboration with an investigator at a DBPNet member site. If the preliminary proposal is accepted, the investigator may apply to have his or her site recognized as an affiliated research site for the purposes of developing the full protocol and conducting the study.

The LOII should be submitted to the Network Coordinating Center (NCC) by the DBPNet Steering Committee member either at the submitting site or supporting a non-affiliated investigator. 

A prospective Principal Investigator wishing to consult with the Research Protocol Review Subcommittee (RPR) during the development of an LOII should send a one paragraph description of the project and the investigator’s questions to the NCC, which will work with the RPR to appoint an appropriate DBPNet Consultant to answer the investigator’s questions. In doing so, the submitting investigator may recommend a network member he/she might be interested in working with.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal and are at a site that is represented on the Steering Committee, please contact your local DBPNet Steering Committee Member, or you may also contact Program Manager Jaclyn Cacia.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal and are at a site that is NOT represented on the Steering Committee, please contact Program Manager Jaclyn Cacia.

Please see the format for submitting a Letter of Intent. An investigator also can submit without using the fillable form, as long as all applicable sections are included in a document. Please email all submissions Program Manager Jaclyn Cacia.

After the Research Protocol Review Subcommittee (RPR) approves an LOII, the principal investigator can submit a full protocol to the RPR by the DBPNet Steering Committee member at the proposal PI's site. The RPR subcommittee will review the protocol and consider the importance of the research question, likely feasibility of the study, any human subjects’ concerns, potential for funding, and other relevant issues (including data management). The subcommittee sends protocols recommended for approval to the Network Coordinating Center and Steering Committee for consideration.

Please see DBPNet's policy and procedures for submission and review of research protocols.

A Principal Investigator interested in proposing a secondary data analysis should provide a brief description of the research plan as well as the analytic plan. Submit the secondary data analysis proposal to the Network Coordinating Center (NCC). The NCC will send the proposal to the Dissemination Committee for review.

Please see DBNet Secondary Data Analysis Proposal Form. An investigator also can submit without using the fillable form, as long as all applicable sections are included. Please email all submissions Program Manager Jaclyn Cacia.

Investigators planning to submit results of a study that utilizes data generated by DBPNet must have their manuscript or abstract approved by the DBPNet Dissemination Committee (DC) prior to submission.

The investigator should submit the manuscript or abstract to the Network Coordinating Center (NCC). The NCC will review the submission for appropriate authorship and acknowledgement and will send the item to the DC for review and to the Health Resources & Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB) Project Officer for their information. Abstracts and manuscripts will be reviewed by each individual member of the DC. The DC is authorized to approve the manuscript or abstract on behalf of DBPNet and the HRSA/MCHB Project Officer on behalf of HRSA/MCHB.

All abstracts and manuscripts must be submitted to the DC a minimum of three weeks before the deadline for the meeting (abstracts) or desired date of submission to a journal (manuscripts). Submitting authors are requested to notify the NCC of planned submissions four weeks in advance of a deadline so the DC can be alerted. Members of the DC and the HRSA Project Officer shall submit their individual decision to the NCC within two weeks of receipt of the submission.

Please see the DBPNet Manuscript Submission Checklist and the DBPNet Dissemination Policy.