Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


I was originally trained as a nurse and hold board-certification as a clinical nurse specialist in child and family psychiatry. I obtained my BA in Neuroscience from Clark University and earned my doctorate at the University of Connecticut in Biobehavioral Sciences/Developmental Psychobiology. I completed my postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School. My current research and clinical interests include neurobehavioral development of the fetus and infant, sleep development and disorders, perinatal and infant mental health, prenatal exposures, autism, and child psychopathology. I am currently conducting research on fetal through child neurobehavioral development in relation to maternal depression and antidepressant treatment during pregnancy, sleep in opiate-exposed neonates, and prenatal smoking and stress.

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