The award is given by the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics to “recognize physicians who have made outstanding contributions to the field of child development,” according to the AAP. Previous recipients of the award include pediatricians such as Benjamin M. Spock, MD, and T. Berry Brazelton, MD, as well as psychoanalyst Anna Freud and child psychologist Erik H. Erickson.
Dr. Howard is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where she codirected a fellowship program to train developmental and behavioral pediatricians. She is a creator of CHADIS, an innovative online system that provides previsit questionnaires that allows physicians “to collect patient-generated data that can be used to support clinical and shared decisions, track data, and create quality improvement reports,” according to the CHADIS website. She has given free monthly case conferences through a federal grant for 30 years, initially in person and more recently through a national webcast. Over the last 2 decades, Dr. Howard has written about practical approaches to developmental and behavioral problems children experience for this newspaper in her Behavioral Consult column.
Michael S. Jellinek, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, said in an interview, “Barbara’s dedication to the emotional health of children has made an enormous difference. In addition to her clinical care and writing, her development of CHADIS has helped pediatricians recognize and treat thousands upon thousands of children. She is most deserving of this high honor.”