Innovation, Education, and Research

IMPACT Research Lab

The IMProving Access to Collaborative Treatments (IMPACT) Lab is a collaboration of the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics department of Dell Children’s Medical Group. It functions as a family-centered research hub for pediatric patients with developmental and behavioral disorders, bringing clinical programs and academic scholars together on applied research projects. We offer ongoing research assistant opportunities.


As part of Dell Children’s Medical Group, and affiliated with Dell Medical School, the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics clinic is a dynamic training environment for future leaders in the fields of medicine, psychology, psychiatry, social work, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, and audiology. The more than 1500 consumer visits each year provide the basis for advanced clinical training, research, and the development of more effective strategies for diagnosis and treatment.

  • Medical Residents: Dell Children’s DBP Program is a clinical site for UT Austin Dell Medical School’s Pediatric resident program as they complete their training. Residents are medical doctors who have finished medical school and are completing “hands-on” training to be able to practice on their own. Their participation allows us to conduct additional assessments and decrease the wait times for evaluation. They are highly competent and enthusiastic about their learning and your child’s care and, as always, will maintain your confidentiality. They will always be supervised by a developmental pediatrician and you will always have the option of NOT having them participate in your child’s care.
  • Psychology Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship: Dell Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, sponsors the Texas Child Study Center’s American Psychological Association–accredited programs:Minor and major training rotations in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics clinic include providing assessment and intervention services to neurodiverse youth and their families. Specific training opportunities may include interdisciplinary autism assessment, neurodevelopmental assessment, as well as evidence-based interventions, including parent management training, PCIT, RUBI, PEERS, and parent support groups.
  • Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND): The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics clinic partners with the Autism Consortium of Texas (ACT) LEND program. Full-time graduate students enrolled in one of the core disciplines may be eligible to apply.
  • Social Work Internship: Students who are working on their graduate degree in social work at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work are welcome to apply to intern with the Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Clinic. While interning at DBP, social work students will get the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team, engage families through case management, work with other providers, and more. Group work is available as well as collaborating with psychology to have practice learning about direct clinical work.
  • Speech Language Pathology: Students training in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin may be eligible to train in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics clinic as part of the interdisciplinary evaluation services and in the delivery of the Project Skills parent-mediated intervention to increase communication and language skills in children with ASD.