Research Opportunities

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.