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Nathan J. Blum, MD
Nathan J. Blum
Chief, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Dr. Blum is the principal investigator for the national multi-site Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Research Network (DBPNet). Recent studies in the network relate to the assessment and treatment of attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).



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Dr. Blum is chief of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the principal investigator for the multi-site national Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Research Network (DBPNet). He has led DBPNet since its inception in 2010.

Dr. Blum has conducted research on behavioral and pharmacological interventions for children with ADHD, ASD, and intellectual disability as well studies on the validity of screening measures and outcome measures including measures developed by the NIH Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS ®) in children with ASD. As a leader of DBPNet he has conducted studies documenting the assessment and management practices and practice variation at DBPNet sites.

Dr. Blum’s earlier studies focused on the evaluation and management of common behavioral challenges in pediatric primary care. These studies focused on sleep problems, colic, and toilet training.

Education and Training

AB, Bowdoin College (Biochemistry), 1984

MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1988

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics), 1994

Titles and Academic Titles

Chief, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

William H. Bennett Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program

Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Training Program

Attending Physician

Professor of Pediatrics

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