The critically ill newborn is one of the most vulnerable among us, and while great advances have been made to keep these patients alive, there is still work to be done to optimize their neurodevelopment.
As a neonatal clinical fellow, I am able to identify infants that may need additional care and resources to have the best cognitive outcome.
My interest in neurodevelopment can be traced to my parents. Both had careers working with children with special needs, which inspired me toward a career where I could make a difference for this population.
As a resident at Maine Medical Center, I researched ways to reduce the stress response for infants undergoing therapeutic hypothermia for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. For this work, I was awarded a Mentored Research Grant and recognized with the Resident Scholar Award.
At Cincinnati Children’s, I investigate the relationship between skin-to-skin care and neurodevelopmental outcomes in very preterm infants. I’m also keenly focused — in both my clinical and research work — on optimizing care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to help prevent the neurocognitive injury that can occur in the critically ill infant.
Neonatology; neonatal neurology; hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
Skin-to-skin contact; maternal-infant bonding; neurodevelopmental outcomes