Allison Dempsey, PhD
(term expires 2024)
Children's Hospital Colorado/Univ Colorado School of Medicine

Rachel Goode, MD
(term expires 2026)
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt


The purpose of the Early Childhood Special Interest Group is to serve as a forum within SDBP to discuss and address with colleagues, across institutions and locales, important developmental and behavioral issues of young children, from birth to 5 years-11 months.

The EC-SIG consists of four work groups:

  • Screening in Primary Care
  • Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)
  • NICU Follow-Up
  • Positive Parenting
Past/Current Projects
  • Educational Workshops at SDBP annual meetings
  • SDBP-sponsored webinar on understanding and screening for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders
  • Contributing to a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal
  • Proposing a position statement to the SDBP Board
  • Conducted a survey of North American NICU follow-up providers
  • Contributed to a book, the publisher's invitation having resulted from a workshop conducted at an SDBP annual meeting
  • Conducted workshops at annual meetings of other pediatric associations
New Members

New members are welcome! New members are asked to join a work group and are encouraged to participate in the group's project(s). EC-SIG membership, and contributing to a project, can help develop one's national status for academic advancement. Any SDBP member interested in joining the EC-SIG should contact one of the EC-SIG co-chairs.
The time commitment depends on the particular work group and project. Most work groups communicate via on-line exchanges, such as email and Dropbox, and/or hold conference calls.
The EC-SIG, as a whole, meets at the SDBP annual meeting. Work groups typically meet at the SDBP annual meeting, as well. Interested SDBP members, as well as new EC-SIG members, are strongly encouraged to attend the EC-SIG related meetings at the SDBP annual meeting.