Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health


This special interest group was established to provide a networking opportunity for PNPs working in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and those in primary care who have a strong interest in the developmental, behavioral and mental health needs of young children, school-age children, adolescents and their families. The focus is on prevention, early recognition, treatment and referral of these needs. The SIG provides a forum to discuss and share appropriate screening tools, achieve consensus regarding anticipatory guidance based on developmental theory and evidence-based research, discuss the significance of child development, family and environmental influences on the child, and share related continuing education and research opportunities.


Our SIG sponsors the DBMH Resource website, which is an online educational asset management site containing 35+ developmental, behavioral and mental health topics useful for all pediatric providers. 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 group. There are also separate resource pages on primary care behavioral health integration, prevention and general community resources.

Tween Brochure

Please click here to download in English
​Please click here to download in Spanish
Please click here to download in Mandarin
Please click here to download in Vietnamese 

Award Opportunities

DBMH SIG Advocacy Award
Outstanding Contribution to SIG Award

Please click here for award details.

Position Statement

NAPNAP Position Statement on the Integration of Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings


Visit DBMH Website

SIG Officers: 

Chair: Linda S. Frye, PhD, RN, CPNP
Co Chair: Kimberly J. Erlich, MSN, RN, MPH, CPNP, PMHS
Secretary: Makenzie Wesner, MS, RN, PHN, CPNP-PC, RBT