Developmental Behavioral Fellowship Program

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

Mission and Overview

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

The goal of this program is to train future leaders in academic developmental behavioral pediatrics. This is accomplished through a broad range of clinical experiences, a comprehensive research training curriculum, and opportunities for teaching and advocacy. Clinical training in DBP spans all three years of fellowship but is a focus in one year. This training includes inter-disciplinary clinics with diverse patient populations. Research training is provided through intensive mentoring around a topic selected by the fellow, and supplemented by a comprehensive didactic curriculum in an interdisciplinary setting. Research training is a focus of two of the three years of fellowship. Fellows also participate in the education of medical students and residents and in community outreach.  We expect that graduates of our fellowship will lead future innovations in DBP and educate the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the field.  

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows.” 

Clinical Training

Clinical training occurs in outpatient settings and utilizes the rich and unique resources available at Michigan Medicine. This training involves DBP faculty in primary and interdisciplinary clinic models.  Other disciplines also participate in fellow training and include adolescent medicine, child abuse and neglect, child and adolescent psychiatry, genetics, pediatric neurology, pediatric psychology, pediatric surgery, and physical medicine rehabilitation.   The purpose of the clinical portion of training is to develop fellows’ skills in order to provide comprehensive clinical care for children with developmental-behavioral conditions.  Our clinical experiences include evidence-based evaluation, treatment, education and intervention for conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Developmental Delay, Elimination Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X and other genetic conditions, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Follow up, School Problems and Sleep Disorders. 

During the clinical training year, fellows devote 8.5 months to outpatient clinical care that includes continuity experiences in DBP clinics.  During the research training years fellows have 6-8 (general and continuity) DBP clinics per month. Didactic conferences and case review provide educational content that is the focus in the clinical year.

Research Training

Research training is a major focus of the University of Michigan DBP fellowship. The University of Michigan is fortunate to have received the first and only training grant funded by the NIH specifically designed to train developmental behavioral pediatricians in research.  Learn more about the T32 training program here.  The overall goal of this training program is to provide fellows with outstanding mentoring and support to study a research topic of their choosing.  The fellow can be guided towards the selection of their research topic.  Training also involves a structured curriculum that includes a weekly fellows’ seminar series.  The faculty involved with research training span a number of schools and programs at the University of Michigan including the Department of Pediatrics, the Center for Human Growth and Development, the Department of Psychiatry, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Psychology. The trainees include both MDs in the DBP fellowship as well as fellows with PhD’s in psychology or a related field who wish to bring a more applied focus to their research. Of the three years of training, fellows devote approximately 20% of their time in one year to research and 80% of their time during the other two years to research.  Our overall goal is to increase the number of developmental behavioral pediatricians engaged in research.  Although the fellowship program may be of particular interest to those with prior exposure to research, applicants without prior experience in research are also strongly encouraged to apply and may particularly benefit from the program.  

Training in Education

Strong skills in teaching and leading education programs are essential components of leadership in developmental behavioral pediatrics. Fellows in our program receive specific training in the development of didactic lectures for residents, medical students, and community members on topics related to DBP.  Fellows have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate or medical students in research if they wish.  Fellows also participate in clinical teaching and organization of the resident and medical student rotation in DBP.  The overall goal is to ensure that our graduates are prepared to provide outstanding teaching in DBP, a key requirement of faculty positions in the field.

Advocacy Training

Advocacy is also an essential component of leadership in DBP. Fellows in our program 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 clinical training year, fellows will learn about advocacy from faculty mentors and have opportunities for advocacy projects locally or at the state level.

Core DBP Fellowship
Barbara Felt, M.D., M.S. - Director
Julie Lumeng, M.D. 
T32 Research Training
Julie Lumeng, M.D. - Director
Alison Miller, PhD - Associate Director

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 or permanent U.S. resident.

University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education: Prospective Residents & Fellows

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 Department of Pediatrics offers a Fellow Applicant Travel Scholarship Program for applicants interested in cell and molecular biology and health disparities research.


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