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The Hawaiʻi DeeBeePeds Program

The purpose of this program is to train physicians to become highly qualified leaders in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. These physicians will provide exemplary developmental, behavioral and psychosocial support to children and their families, community agencies, and policy makers. The Developmental Behavioral Pediatric subspecialty residents (“Fellows”) experience teaching, consultation, advocacy and research in a variety of multi-cultural and interdisciplinary milieus. The Fellows train in various environments including Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics clinics, Neurology and Child Psychiatry clinics and services, early intervention programs, schools, rehabilitation programs, public health nursing, and child protection clinics. 

In Hawaii, as across the nation, the role of the pediatrician is being redefined by the changing needs of young children and their families. “Children with special needs” refers to the broad category of children faced with or at risk for physical, behavioral, emotional or developmental conditions that require more care than that usually necessary by children. Increased knowledge of the critical importance of early environmental and social influences for successful child development, the availability of intervention services to manage disabilities, and changes in family structure and supports place major responsibilities in the hands of physicians. The Fellows train to become leaders in ensuring that community pediatricians, residents, and medical students have orientation to this changing medical world.

The Hawaii DeeBeePeds project will directly address the systems issues around the care of children through the clinical, research, and advocacy activities of the Fellows. The Fellows engage with community agencies, hospitals and clinics in working closely with children with interesting and varied issues in development, learning and behavior. The training leads to the Fellows being prepared towards Board Certification in the Subspecialty of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. 

Team Members
  • Jeff Okamoto, M.D., Project Director/Principal Investigator
  • Beppie Shapiro, PhD., Co-Project Director/Training Director
  • Les Kawakami, Clerk

Core Faculty

  • Jeffrey Okamoto, M.D., Project Director/Principal Investigator Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty, School Health specialist
  • Beppie Shapiro, Ph.D., Co-Project Director/Training Director
  • Early Intervention Program specialist and Advovacy/Research expert
  • Charles Neal M.D., Ph.D. Research Director
  • Robert Bart, M.D., Neurology Faculty
  • Tony Guerrero, M.D., Psychiatry Faculty
  • Tom Gallagher, M.D., Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty
  • V.J. Reddy, M.D., Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty
  • Shriners Hospital Spina Bifida clinic.
  • Sada Okumura M.D. Straub Clinic and Medical Center
  • Corinne Chan-Nishina, M.D., Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty
  • Mari Uehara M.D., Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty
  • Robert Sloan M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Interdisciplinary Team at the MCH LEND program, including Pono clinic

  • Psychology – Dr. Melinda Kohr
  • Audiology – Yusnita Weirather
  • Nutrition – Sayuri Asano
  • Occupational Therapy – Lucille Lew
  • Physical Therapy – Dr. Kathy Ratliffe
  • Nursing – Dr. Alice Tse
  • Social Work – Ron Matayoshi
  • Health Policy – Jean Johnson Ph.D. and Garrett Toguchi
  • Pediatrics – Drs. Jeffrey Okamoto and Louise Iwaishi
Project Funding
Funding Agency: 
Maternal and Child Health Bureau