Friday, March 6 7:00 AM

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care Register

Date/Time: March 06, 2020, 7:00 AM

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and UT Southwestern Medical Center are proud to present the 21st annual Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care. A seminar for Pediatricians, Family Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers.

Target Audience:
This course is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners, and advanced practice providers delivering direct care to children.

Purpose & Content:
The one-day conference will highlight common developmental-behavioral conditions, their etiology, identification and management, and feature opportunities to apply knowledge in clinical situations.

The program will utilize case studies and question/answer format in addition to PowerPoint presentations. Ample time will be allowed for discussion between the audience and the faculty.

The goal of this seminar is to equip primary care providers to assess, identify and manage developmental and behavioral problems which present between birth and age 18.

Upon completion of the activity participants should be able to:

  • Describe early social and communication “red flags” for autism spectrum disorder.
  • Discuss the anxiety triad and the cycle of escape that fuels anxiety, and implement steps to cultivate readiness for exposure-based treatment.
  • Incorporate strategies into clinical practice to address the unique physical, mental, and psychosocial health needs of children in immigrant families.
  • Implement evidence-based, effective interventions for ASD.
  • Recognize parenting traps and reciprocal parent-child interactions that perpetuate anxiety, and explain what parents can do to help their children manage anxiety.
  • Examine psychotropic medication regimens used for challenging behaviors in youth with disabilities for efficacy and safety.
  • Describe diagnostic criteria for ADHD and identify new treatment options including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. UT Southwestern is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:
UT Southwestern designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. UT Southwestern certifies that non-physicians will receive an attendance certificate stating that they participated in the activity that was designated for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The presentation “The Pediatrician’s Charge: Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Children in Immigrant Families” has been designated by UT Southwestern for 1 credit hour in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Off-Label Uses:
Because this course is meant to educate clinicians with what is currently in use and what may be available in the future, there may be “off-label” uses discussed in the presentations. Speakers have been requested to inform the audience when off-label use is discussed.

It is the policy of ACCME that participants in CME activities should be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the speaker’s presentations. Each speaker has completed and signed a conflict of interest statement. The faculty members’ relationships will be disclosed in the handout.

2020 Conference Faculty:

Michelle Macias, MD, FAAP

Dr. Michelle Macias is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She is board certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She began her career as a school-based speech-language pathologist in San Antonio, TX; she subsequently completed medical school and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, followed by fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Macias has an active clinical practice evaluating and treating children with a broad range of developmental and behavioral disorders. Her research and grant activities have focused on developmental/autism screening, and bullying and ostracism. She has served on numerous state and national committees, is past president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, past chair of the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and serves on the American Board of Pediatrics Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Subboard. She has been involved in multiple national activities regarding developmental and autism surveillance and screening, most recently the AAP periodic survey and 2020 Clinical Reports. A personal and professional goal has been to enhance the interface between developmental-behavioral/neurodevelopmental pediatricians and primary care pediatric providers to improve the quality of clinical service, training, and research in development and behavior. 

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D.

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist and Director of the Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, North Carolina, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and its Pediatric Advisory Council. Prior to relocating to North Carolina in 2010, Dr. Wagner was Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry since 2003, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry since 1991. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, completed her internship at the Yale University Child Study Center, and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University.
Dr. Wagner specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, OCD, tic disorders, trichotillomania and skin-picking in adults, children and teens, and CBT-based parenting. She has been awarded the Self-Help Book Recommendation by the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) for the highest level of evidence-based best practices for her books Worried No More:  Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:  Strategies and Solutions. She is also the author of resources for professionals, including the Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: Professional's Kit, and Worried No More: Teaching Tools and Forms on CD. Dr. Wagner is an international speaker who frequently provides training in CBT for clinicians, as well as workshops for parents and school professionals.

Hilda Loria, MD, FAAP

Dr. Hilda Loria is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and practices as a board-certified general pediatrician at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Her clinical and research interests focus on the care of vulnerable child populations, the impact of childhood toxic stress on long-term health outcomes, and the integration of public health, advocacy, and medicine in the provision of pediatric primary care services. She is particularly interested in improving the health outcomes of immigrant children and children in foster care.
Dr. Loria is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Pediatric Society, and the Academic Pediatric Association. She serves as the Texas Early Childhood Champion for the AAP Council on Early Childhood, member of the Texas Pediatric Society Committees on Early Childhood, Foster Care, and Mental Health, and as a community leader for the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs of the City of Dallas. She has received state-wide recognition as the recipient of the 2018 Early Career Physician Award from the Texas Pediatric Society for her clinical and advocacy work in the care of immigrant children and children in foster care. In 2019, Dr. Loria was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star. She was also recently selected as a promising physician-leader for the 2019-2021 cohort of the AAP Young Physician Leadership Alliance.
Dr. Loria completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, pediatrics residency at UT Health San Antonio, and an Academic General Pediatrics fellowship at UT Southwestern. She aspires to leave lasting impact in the lives of the children of Texas as a pediatrician, educator, and child advocate.

Sari Bar, D.O.

Dr. Sari Bar is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. She received her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and continued her pediatric residency and fellowship training at Northwell Health Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York. Dr. Bar moved back to her native state of Texas and accepted a position at UT Southwestern in 2017. She is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Bar is the Medical Director of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics clinic and Down Syndrome clinic at Children’s Health in Dallas.
Dr. Bar’s clinical work entails assessment of children with a variety of medical, behavioral and neurodevelopmental conditions from birth through 18 years of age. Dr. Bar’s specific clinical interests are in the diagnosis and management of complex ADHD, high-risk newborn follow up, and behavioral assessment of children with medical complexities.
In addition to clinical work, Dr. Bar has a strong interest in resident education. She serves as the Developmental Behavioral Pediatric residency rotation-training director and mentors several medical students and residents with expressed interest in the field.
Dr. Bar has presented on a variety of developmental and behavioral topics both regionally and nationally. In addition, she serves on numerous committees on a regional and national level, including Texas Pediatric Society and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Registration Information:

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Conference​ Registration Fee: $175

Seating is limited – please register early. On-site registration is not available.  

Registration deadline is February 22, 2020, or earlier if maximum attendance is reached.

There will be a 25 percent processing fee for cancellations. Cancellation requests must be received by mail or fax prior to February 15, 2020. No refunds will be made thereafter.


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