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The Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics was founded in 1982 to improve the health care of infants, children, and adolescents by promoting research and teaching in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. The goals of the Society are:
  • to become the organizational home for professionals engaged in interdisciplinary approaches to developmental-behavioral health,
  • to form strategic alliances with organizations to promote developmental-behavioral pediatrics,
  • to design and share high quality interdisciplinary education in developmental-behavioral pediatrics,
  • to secure the resources to preserve and enable implementation of the strategic plan,
  • to promote and disseminate research in developmental-behavioral health, and
  • to promote high quality interdisciplinary clinical services.
Membership Requirements

Regular membership: Regular membership shall be open to all professionals committed to scientific inquiry, teaching, and/or clinical excellence in developmental -behavioral pediatrics as it affects the health of infants, children, adolescents and their families. This commitment should be described and documented by completing the membership application. The Board of Directors reviews and approves the format of the application and what information is necessary.
  • Applications for Regular Membership should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one name of reference. It is recommended that the reference be a current SDBP member.
  • Any applicant who is denied membership by the Membership Committee may appeal this decision by requesting a review by the Board of Directors. Such a review must be requested by the applicant in writing and should be addressed to the Society's Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Non-Doctorates applicants can choose between regular or associate membership. Non-Doctorates are professionals with a Degree in a discipline related to the mission of the organization who participate actively in scientific inquiry, teaching, and/or clinical excellence in developmental-behavioral pediatric health as it affects the health of infants, children, adolescents and their families. Applications for Membership should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one reference. It is recommended that the reference be a current SDBP member.

Regular Members of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics shall have the right to hold elected office and shall have the right to vote.

Associate membership: There are three sub-categories within the Associate Membership category: Associates, Non-Doctorates and Developing World Professionals. Associate members do not have the rights to hold elected office or vote. They do receive the other benefits of membership. Please note that Associate members will only receive online access to the Societies JDBP journal.

  • Associates are currently enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate training program related to the aims of the society. It is also available to any applicant who has completed such training within the previous two years. One sponsoring letter is required from the head of the applicant's training program. An individual remains eligible for Associate membership until December 31 of the year in which the second anniversary of completion of the training program occurs. A associate member does not have the right to vote or hold elected office. Upon completion of training and demonstration of proper credentials, the associate member transitions to Regular Membership.
  • - Apply for Membership On-Line (New!)
    - Download a Associate Membership Application and Mail or Fax

  • Non-Doctorates are professionals generally with a Degree in a discipline related to the goals and objectives of the organization who participate actively in scientific inquiry, teaching, and/or clinical service in developmental -behavioral pediatric health as it affects the health of infants, children, adolescents and their families. Non-Doctorates applicants can choose between regular or associate membership. Applications for Associate Membership in the Non-Doctorate category should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one reference. It is recommended that the reference be a current SDBP member.

    - Apply for Membership On-Line (New!)
    - Download a NonDoctorate Membership Application and Mail or Fax
  • Developing World Professionals are professionals committed to scientific inquiry, teaching, and/or clinical excellence in developmental-behavioral pediatric healthcare as it affects the health of infants, children, adolescents and their families from a developing country, as listed in the Policies and Procedures of the organization. Applications for Associate Membership in the Developing World category should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, one reference, and evidence of residence in a developing country. It is recommended that the reference be a current SDBP member. (Please see http://www.who.int/hinari/eligibility/en/ for a list of eligible countries. Developing World Professionals are defined as listed in Band 1 and Band 2.)

    - Apply for Membership On-Line (New!)
    - Download a Developing World Professionals Membership Application and Mail or Fax

Emeritus Membership: A member with at least eight (8) years of active membership may be granted Emeritus Status after age 70. Such status is granted by sending a request to the Secretary-Treasurer. An Emeritus Member does not have the right to vote or hold elected office and is released from the responsibility of paying dues. However, any fees, such as the subscription to the Society's Principal Publication, which are included in the dues, must be paid in order to receive the services for which they are charged.

Dues and Benefits
Dues are $210 per annum for regular members and $110 per annum for Associate members, non-doctorate members, and members from Developing World Professionals. (Please see http://www.who.int/hinari/eligibility/en/ for a list of eligible countries. Developing World Professionals are defined as listed in Band 1 and Band 2.) These dues include $90 for a subscription to the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

  • A subscription to the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Associate members will only receive online access
  • Semi-annual copies of Behavioral Developments, SDBP's official newsletter
  • Discounts for the SDBP Annual Meeting, workshop and registration fees
  • Access to the Member's Only section of the www.sdbp.org, with an online directory of members and a Tool Shed of materials for education and practice
  • Advocacy opportunities on behalf of children with developmental and behavioral disorders and their families
  • Opportunities to get involved in a dynamic and growing organization

Application ProcedureTo apply for membership use the link below to apply online, or to mail in your application, select the appropriate application below . Dues are collected at the time applications are submitted. Once applications are reviewed by the Membership Committee, if further information is required, we will contact you. New members will receive a welcome letter and a certificate of membership.

- Apply for Membership On-Line (New!)
Printable applications are available in Adobe Acrobat format.
Click here to download this free program to your computer.

If you have any questions, please call the SDBP office at 703-556-9222 and ask for SDBP Member Services, or send an email to info@sdbp.org.

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