Friday, March 1 7:00 AM

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Register

Date/Time: March 01, 2019, 7:00 AM

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center are proud to present the 20th annual Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care. A seminar for Pediatricians, Family Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants and Health Care Professionals Providing Direct Care to Children. 

Conference Topics:

  • The Child with Obesity: Guidelines, Guidance and Goals
  • Why NEAR Science Matters
  • Social Determinants of Health and LGBT Patients: Practical Strategies for the General Practitioner
  • Motivational Interviewing: Working with Families in the Patient Encounter
  • Defending Childhood – the Challenges of Cyberspace
  • He’s not a Klutz: Helping the Child with Dysgraphia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • What Role Does Mindfulness Have in Pediatrics?

2019 Conference Faculty:

Jeffrey L. Black, MD


Dr. Jeffrey Black is the medical director of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and clinical professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
He has held faculty positions with the departments of pediatrics at the University of Maryland, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of California at San Diego.
He practiced general pediatrics part time in Baltimore and taught ambulatory pediatrics at MUSC. While at UCSD, he was director of pediatric primary care and director of the Learning Evaluation Center.
He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of School Health and is a reviewer of publications for Pediatrics, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Annals of Dyslexia. His publications cover topics ranging from children’s reaction to divorce, AIDS education, pediatric residency training, learning disorders, academic achievement, school readiness, subtypes of arithmetic disabilities, dysgraphia and efficacy of dyslexia intervention.
Dr. Black has been the recipient of the Outstanding MSLE Professional Award from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council, the Luke Waites Excellence in Education Award from the Dallas branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the Luke Waites ALTA Award of Service from the Academic Language Therapy Association.
M. Brett Cooper, MD

M. Brett Cooper is currently an assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and an Adolescent Medicine physician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.  Dr. Cooper completed medical education at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He completed pediatrics residency at the University of Toledo and adolescent medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Cooper’s clinical interests include LGBTQ health, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and male health. His academic interests include curriculum development on LGBTQ health and trainee education. Dr. Cooper has presented nationally and regionally on topics such as HIV PrEP and LGBTQ Health and was an author on the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Position Paper on HIV PrEP.  He is currently one of the co-chairs of the LGBT Special Interest Group for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Sharon W. Cooper, MD, FAAP
Dr. Sharon Cooper is a Developmental and Forensic Pediatrician who cares for children and select adults with different abilities, as well as those who have been victims of maltreatment. Dr. Cooper retired from the United States Army with the rank of Colonel and holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences at Bethesda, Maryland. She has provided numerous lectures to medical, nursing, mental health, judicial, social science and investigative agencies, including the National Judicial College, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Australian Federal Police, and INTERPOL. Her primary areas of expertise include all areas of child maltreatment, child torture and child sexual exploitation.
Dr. Cooper has published numerous chapters on the subject of child sexual exploitation and is the lead editor of one of the most comprehensive texts in the U.S. on this subject.  She works with victims and families of children who have been the prey of all types of online and offline exploitation. She is a Board member and consultant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and for more than a decade has taught several thousand special victim unit and vice investigators about victim vulnerability, health impact and diverse forms of exploitation in sex trafficking.

Dr. Cooper has served as an expert witness in several hundred cases of child maltreatment, and numerous cases within the past several years on behalf of sex trafficking victims.  Dr. Cooper served as a Task Force Member for the U.S. Attorney General on Defending Childhood and Children Exposed to Violence, and was an invited speaker to the White House Summit on The United State of Women. She recently presented at the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World, sponsored by the Vatican. She has provided testimony before the U.S. Congress, the Italian Senate, the Russian Parliament (Duma), and the Ottawa House of Commons on child sexual exploitation.

In 2011, Dr. Cooper was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of the 150 women who shake the world.  She continues to serve through an International Working Group on the victim impact for survivors of child sexual abuse imagery, sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.  She recently produced Not Just Pictures, the first American documentary to provide insight into the ongoing extraordinary impact of the victimization of children whose abusive images are distributed in cyberspace.

Sandra Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP

Dr. Sandra Hassink has focused her career on advocacy for children and families as a clinician, researcher, writer and speaker. Dr. Hassink has testified before Congress on childhood obesity, food insecurity and hunger, focusing on supporting the foundations of child health. She is a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 67,000 pediatricians with a national and global agenda for children. Dr. Hassink served as the state AAP chapter president for Delaware, and the District Chair for the Mid Atlantic states on the Board of Directors of the national AAP. She is the Director of the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, which is focused on translating research into practice for pediatric health care providers, families and children, and advancing the field of pediatric obesity.
Dr. Hassink began the weight management clinic at Nemours/AI DuPont Children’s Hospital in 1988. She has collaborated in basic research efforts to identify pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity, centering on the role of leptin, and has lectured widely in the field of pediatric obesity. In addition, she has authored A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity, Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care, and Clinical Guide to Pediatric Weight Management. Dr. Hassink dedicates a significant portion of her time to advocacy and policy development on obesity prevention and treatment. She has served on the IOM committee on Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention, and was an author on the Expert Recommendations for Obesity. Dr. Hassink also holds a Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Target Audience:
This course is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and health care professionals providing 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:

  • Implement current childhood obesity guidelines in practice.
  •  Describe the neurobiology of trauma, the role of epigenetics across generations, and methods to foster resilience.
  •  Identify and discuss how social determinants of health impact the overall health and well-being of LGBT patients.
  • Recognize components of motivational interviewing and be able to use open-ended questions and reflective listening in the patient encounter.
  •  Describe newer forms of child victimization in cyberspace, and be prepared to advise families.
  • Identify and manage children with developmental grapho, fine, and gross motor problems.
  • Recognize the emerging role of mindfulness practice in helping practitioners, patients and families reduce stress, increase awareness, and foster connection.

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 6.5 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 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The presentation “Social Determinants of Health and LGBT Patients: Practical Strategies for the General Practitioner” 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.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Conference​ Registration Fee: $200

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

Registration deadline is February 22, 2019, 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 10, 2019. No refunds will be made thereafter.


T. B. Pickens Conference Center at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219

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Kathleen Saxon

Phone: 214-559-7817