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

2018 SDBP-NAPNAP symposium web-based content available!

The 1st annual SDBP-NAPNAP symposium in September 2018 in Anaheim was recorded for use after the symposium. Walk through engaging, three-part case studies on ADHD and autism, designed to review the diagnostic presentation and appropriate assessment tools, formulation of diagnosis with interpretation of developmental and behavioral assessment measures, treatment options including psychopharmacology, family support and ongoing monitoring of a child with multiple common developmental and behavioral concerns. Click here for more details and access to recordings.

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.