The Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics is excited to offer the Exploring DBP Program Awards for 2024. This program is a unique opportunity for medical students, pediatric residents, and second career pediatricians to experience the wide world of the subspecialty of DBP.

Awardees will receive funding to attend the SDBP 2024 annual meeting and join enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary attendees at lectures, poster sessions, and social events. In addition to attending the entire annual meeting, there will be several sessions specifically designed for awardees to learn about the field of DBP. 


This program is supported by the family of Dr. Nancy Packert Shashaty, an other-centered developmental-behavioral pediatrician who was dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with disabilities. She was successful in this endeavor because of her kindness, empathy, generosity, intelligence, pragmatism, optimism, humor, and ability to interact with people regardless of their station in life, cultural background, ability to comprehend or degree of fear.

Additional Information:

WHAT: Attend the 2024 SDBP Annual Meeting and specific program sessions
WHEN: September 12th - 16th, 2024
WHERE: Washington, DC

Applications Closed.

ELIGIBILITY: Medical students, pediatric residents, or practicing pediatricians with an interest in pursuing advanced training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. The program is not available to prior applicants who have previously been awarded scholarship funding to the SDBP annual meeting or to residents who have been matched to a DBP fellowship program.

MONETARY SUPPORT PROVIDED: Waived registration fees to attend the SDBP Annual Meeting with targeted DBP Explorer Program Sessions. Selected applicants will also receive funding for travel and/or lodging.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: In addition to attending the entire Annual Meeting, a suggested schedule will be designed for the awardees who will be paired with a mentor to guide them through the program. A special networking event to learn about the field of DBP and the application process will also be included, and awardees will be able to foster relationships with SDBP members in a fun and relaxed environment.

If you have questions or are an Exploring DBP Scholar Alumni and would like to get involved in this years program, please email