Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Conference: Clinical Problems in Primary Care (2023)

Boston, MA US
March 10, 2023 to March 11, 2023

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This annual two day accredited conference has been going strong for over three decades. It is designed for practicing clinicians who have an interest, passion or emerging expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and want to take their knowledge and skill to the next level.

This year, we are pleased to feature Dr. Emily Oster as the Harris Keynote Speaker on the topic The Family Firm: Data and Decision-Making




Emily Oster, PhD 
JJE Goldman Sachs University Professor of Economics at Brown University 
Author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm 
Executive Director, COVID-19 School Data Hub

Emily Oster is a Professor of Economics at Brown University and the author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet and The Family Firm. She holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard. Prior to being at Brown she was on the faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Oster’s academic work focuses on health economics and statistical methods. She is interested in understanding why consumers do not always make “rational” health choices — why do people not eat a fully healthy diet, or pursue all recommended preventative health behaviors? Her work also concerns methods for learning causal effects from observational data.

Why attend?

Many clinicians and allied medical professionals do not feel adequately trained when in practice and yet they face these challenges with patients and families every day. The course offers practical approaches to these issues and we welcome participants from a broad array of disciplines including physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, social workers, and allied medical professionals who work in Pediatrics and the broader medical community.

This is your chance to enhance your knowledge and interact with colleagues in a two day seminar. Choose to attend in person or virtually. 

What Attendees are Saying about the Parker DBP Course:

  • Innovative, real world, real time information.  Extremely helpful and engaging.  Will definitely attend in person next year, barring any new unforeseeable events!  Thank you!

  • Very well-organized conference, informative and inspirational. Thank you!

  • Fantastic conference and the speakers truly shared of their knowledge, experience and empathic selves.

About Dr. Parker

Steven Parker, MD graduated from Cornell University, University of Michigan Medical School and completed pediatric residency at Stanford University Hospital. He completed a fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Boston with T. Berry Brazelton in Child Development. He started his career in private pediatric practice but after 3 years joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (the former Boston City Hospital) and he became Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 1994, a position he served for over 13 years. He founded and directed the Comprehensive Care Program at BMC – a national model in family centered care for children with developmental disabilities. He published extensively on many areas in DBP and also was the voice of pediatrics for WebMD. His compassion, wisdom and insight in supporting children and families across Boston and the country will not be forgotten. In addition, he cofounded this conference in 1984 with Dr. Barry Zuckerman and it is in his memory that we hold the annual Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Conference. We hope for all participants that it is an annual opportunity to revisit the topics that are at the core of pediatric practice and to remember Steve’s own advice for parents from his blog:

 “Enjoy your kids! Enjoy the ride! Some day soon you’ll wonder how it all went by so fast and why you didn’t appreciate it more as it was happening


Target Audience

This program  is designed and certified for the entire pediatric healthcare team: primary care physicians, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, child mental health professionals and family nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

Through lectures and question and answer sessions, participants at the conclusion of this conference will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of evidence based medicine in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric topics.
  2. Discuss a variety of DBP topics using the lens of trauma informed care
  3. Describe the latest clinical information on a variety of other developmental and behavioral issues in children and families
  4. Choose and provide appropriate treatment for such issues
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/10/2023 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
03/11/2023 - 5:00pm EST

Friday March 10, 2023

8:15am - Welcome and Introduction | Marilyn Augustyn, MD

MODULE 1 Evidence Based DBP

8:30am - The Family Firm: Data and Decision-Making | Emily Oster, PhD

9:45am - Break

10:00am - Evidence Based Primary Care: Is There a There There? | Jack Maypole, MD

10:45am - Evidence Based Anxiety Treatment | Marilyn Augustyn, MD

11:30am - Evidence Based ADHD Treatment | Audrey Christiansen, MD

12:15pm - Lunch Break (in person attendees, on their own)

1:45pm - The Evidence Base for Poverty Alleviation as a Health Intervention | Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH

2:30pm - Evidence Based Housing Impact on Child Health: What Can We Do About It?| Megan Sandel, MD, MPH

3:15pm - Break

3:30pm - Building your Safety Net: Addressing Age of Majority Options for Adolescents with I/DD | Lauren Bartolotti, MA and Sara Bastin, MA, BCBA 

4:15pm - Race, Equity and Child Protection | Elizabeth Egan, MSW, MPH, LICSW and Genevieve L. Preer, MD

4:45pm - Adjourn

Saturday March 11, 2023

8:15am - Welcome and Introduction | Jack Maypole, MD

MODULE 2: Trauma Informed Care 

8:30am - Maternal Trauma and the Impact on Parenting and Child Mental Health | Mei Elansary, MD, MPhil

9:15am - The Impact of Witnessed Violence on Young Child Outcomes | Neena McConnico, PhD, LMHC

10:00am - Break

10:15am - Supporting Children and Families after a Loss | Maureen Patterson-Fede, MSW, LICSW

11:00am - Speaking the Unspeakable: Immigration Trauma and Loss and Young Children | Ivys Fernández-Pastrana, JD and Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW

11:45am - Lunch Break (in person attendees, on their own)

1:15pm - Complex Health and Development Intersectionality | TBD

2:00pm - Tourette Syndrome-it's not Just About the Tics | Rachel S. Amgott, NP

2:45pm - Break

3:00pm - Panel: The Role of Primary Care in DBP | Soukaina Adolphe, MD, Giovannie Bejin, Eileen Costello, MD, Mona Doss Roberts DO, Hilana Scott, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, CLC and Darryl Woods 

3:45pm - The Ten Best Articles in DBP 2022 | Marilyn Augustyn, MD and Jack Maypole, MD

4:30pm - Adjourn


In-Person Venue: Trustees Ballroom, Charles River Campus, Boston University
1 Silber Way, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
United States
+1 (617) 358-5005

The Metcalf Trustee Center offers elegance with a view. Located on the ninth floor of One Silber Way, it features a classically appointed ballroom with crystal chandeliers.

The Metcalf Trustee Center is located on the Boston University campus at 1 Silber Way on the 9th floor. Guests can easily get here via Storrow Drive, I-90, and public transportation.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Hotel Commonwealth in the heart of Kenmore Square for $209 + taxes and ammenity fee* for our out of town participants.  Rooms at this rate can be booked here:  Hotel Commonwealth Reservations – BU Medical  Reservations should be made by Feburary 7th.

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* A Destination Amenity Fee of $35.00 per room per evening plus Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local taxes/fees, currently 16.45% will be added to individual’s guest room folio. This fee includes daily selection of curated snacks, daily morning coffee/tea service featuring Jim’s Organic Coffee and MEM teas, in-room bottled water, 24-hour business center access, 24-hour fitness center access, access to premium, high speed Wi-Fi in-room and throughout public spaces, in-room Google Chromecast™ streaming service, unlimited local and toll-free calls, luxury Malin+Goetz bath essentials, exclusive offer on Malin+Goetz products, 10% off at TsuruTonTan udon noodle brasserie and 10% off merchandise in our retail shop.

Guest Faculty

Emily Oster, PhD 
JJE Goldman Sachs University Professor of Economics at Brown University 
Author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm 
Executive Director, COVID-19 School Data Hub

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center Faculty and Planners

Soukaina Adolphe, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Rachel S. Amgott, NP
CNE Course Advisor
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Marilyn Augustyn, MD
Course Co-Director
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics
Co-Editor, “Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care

Lauren Bartolotti, MA 
Associate Director, The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center 

Sara Bastin, M.Ed, BCBA 
Transition Specialist, The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center

Audrey Christiansen, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Training Director, Division of Developmental Pediatrics

Eileen Costello, MD
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics

Mona Doss Roberts DO
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Egan, MSW, MPH, LICSW
Social Work Manager
Child Protection Team at Boston Medical Center

Mei Elansary, MD, MPhil
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Ivys Fernández-Pastrana, JD
Program Manager
Supporting Immigrant Families Project

Lucy Marcil, MD MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director for Economic Mobility, Center for the Urban Child & Healthy Family
Executive Director, Economic Justice Hub
Interim Director, Leadership in Equity and Advocacy Track, Boston Combined Residency Program

Jack Maypole, MD
CME Course Co-Director
Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics, BUSM/BMC
Vice Chair of Population Health and Practice Transformation
Director, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) Medical Director, Special Kids Special Care Program Medical

Neena McConnico, PhD, LMHC
Director, Child Witness to Violence Project
Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW
Infant Early Childhood Mental Health-Clinical Mentor
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics  
Child Trauma and Clinical Services Lead, Child Witness to Violence Project
Associate Director, Early Trauma Treatment Network, Boston Site

Maureen Patterson-Fede, MSW, LICSW
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Program Manager, The Good Grief Program
Assistant Director, The Child Witness to Violence Project

Genevieve L. Preer, MD
Assistant Professor 

Megan Sandel, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Profess for Environmental Health

Hilana Scott, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, CLC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Teen and Tot Program
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Ambulatory Care 

Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN 
Accredited Provider Program Director
Continuing Medical Education Office
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicin

CME Program Manager:  Claire P. Grimble, CMP

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 12.25 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 12.25 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

By attending this activity and providing your ABP number and Date of Birth, you authorize BUSM CME office to report your information to the ACCME so that we may process your MOC Part II credit on your behalf.

Physician Assistant
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 12.25 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This program is pending accreditation by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) for 12 NAPNAP CE contact hours, of which 0 is/are pharmacology (Rx) content, ( 0 related to psychopharmacology) (0 related to controlled substances).



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