Welcome to the Membership Application Process for SDBP
Please read the information below regarding our categories of membership then you can proceed to the online application. Please note: 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.
To apply for SDBP membership, click here.
The Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics was founded in 1982 by a small group of forward-thinking pediatricians and their colleagues. SDBP is now an interprofessional organization dedicated to improving the developmental and behavioral health of children by providing exceptional leadership and promoting research, education, advocacy, and practice. SDBP advocates for an integrated approach to the biological, psychological, social, educational and cultural influences on children, youth, and their families. We are not a parent or client-based society. For more information on the Society, Click here.
There are two categories of membership: VOTING members and NON-VOTING members and three types under non-voting memberships: Trainee/Recent Graduate, Student, and Emeritus. For a listing of membership benefits, click here.
Voting membership is open to all professionals committed to scientific inquiry, teaching, and/or clinical excellence in developmental and behavioral pediatrics as it affects the health care of infants, children, and adolescents. Voting members of SDBP have the right to hold office and to vote.
To be able to apply as a voting member, individuals must be a practicing professional with a completed academic degree. In general, members will have completed a terminal master's degree or higher in their professional specialty. This commitment should be described and documented by meeting one of the following four membership criteria:
- Research. A commitment to scholarly inquiry in developmental-behavioral pediatrics as evidenced by one published article or chapter in a scientific journal or book relating to developmental and/or behavioral issues. The candidate should be the first author for such a publication.
- Teaching. A commitment to developmental-behavioral pediatrics teaching as evidenced by a Clinical Faculty appointment at an accredited teaching institution. The appointment and teaching commitment may be in any subspecialty or discipline related to developmental-behavioral pediatrics, such as behavioral pediatrics, developmental pediatrics, child psychiatry, pediatric psychology, children with disabilities, pediatric nursing, or pediatric social work.
- Clinical Practice. A commitment to the clinical practice of developmental-behavioral pediatrics as evidenced by at least half-time spent in such practice or board certification in either developmental and behavioral pediatrics or neurodevelopmental disabilities. This half-time practice commitment may be in any subspecialty or discipline related to developmental-behavioral pediatrics, such as behavioral pediatrics, developmental pediatrics, child psychiatry, pediatric psychology, children with disabilities, pediatric nursing, or pediatric social work.
- Board Certification: The applicant has received board certification in developmental and behavioral pediatrics or neurodevelopmental disabilities.
In order to document the requirements specified in 1, 2, 3 and/or 4, applications for VOTING membership should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a brief description of one's work in the field of DBP in the designated area of the membership application.
Developing World Professional
Developing World Professionals are professionals committed to scientific inquiry, teaching, and/or clinical excellence in developmental-behavioral pediatric healthcare and are from a developing country, as listed in the Policies and Procedures of the organization. These members are VOTING members of the society but are given a reduced membership fee. Applications for Developing World membership should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a completed voting membership application and evidence of residence in a developing country. (Please see http://www.who.int/hinari/eligibility/en/ for a list of eligible countries. Developing World Professionals are defined as listed in Group A and Group B.)
NON-VOTING - includes: Trainee/Recent Graduate, Student, and Emeritus
Non-Voting membership is available to any applicant currently enrolled in a degree program related to aims of the Society. Non-voting members do not have the right to hold office or vote.
To apply, a curriculum vitae/resume and a brief description of interest/studies in the field of DBP are required in the application, accompanied by one letter of good standing from the head/program director of the applicant's training program. This category is also available to any applicant who has completed such training within the previous two years (after completion of the training program, the applicant must substantiate eligibility for non-voting membership status by a letter from his/her program director indicating the date on which training was completed.)
A sample template for letter of good standing can be found here.
Pediatric residents and students can also apply for non-voting membership with a cv/resume and a letter from their program director/university verifying a special interest in developmental-behavioral pediatrics.
Emeritus Membership: A member with at least eight (8) years of regular membership may be granted Emeritus Status after age 70. Emeritus Members do 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 journal, which are included in the dues, must be paid in order to receive the services for which they are charged. Emeritus membership status is granted by sending a request to the Secretary-Treasurer.