Interprofessional Leadership for
Developmental-Behavioral Health

Advanced Practice Nurse Section

Co-Chairs:Tressa Dykstra, MA/MS
(term expires 2021)
Sanford Health
Jennie Olson, RN MS CPNP PMHS
(term expires 2021)
Children's Village


The purpose of the Advanced Practice Nurse Section is to provide a forum within the SDBP organization which represents the special interests and promotes the professional development of advanced practice nurses (APRN’S) working in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.


  • To provide an opportunity for networking with APRN colleagues in developmental and behavioral pediatrics
  • To increase APRN membership in SDBP
  • To increase APRN representation on SDBP committees
  • To align with other professional nursing organizations to support and promote the role of advanced practice nurses in developmental and behavioral pediatrics
  • To share professional education opportunities and patient care resource information

Useful Resources/External Links

DBMH Resource (

is an online educational asset-management site containing 35+ developmental, behavioral, and mental health topics. Every page is organized by evidence-based assessments, screenings, position papers, practice parameters, peer-reviewed articles, vetted resources, and relevant organizations, and all are tagged by age considerations (e.g., infant-neonate, toddler, school-age, adolescence). Additionally, there are separate resource pages on primary care-behavioral health integration, prevention, and general community resources.

This innovative website is a collaborative effort between the members of the Developmental-Behavioral Mental Health Special Interest Group of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (an affiliate organization of SDBP) to aggregate the best-known free resources on the web within the child development and mental health field.