Marcia W. Vanvleet Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical)

As Director of the Newborn Service Team, I am thrilled to be able to concentrate on improving the care our newborns receive at Women and Infants' Hospital. For me, this means applying epidemiological and statistical analysis to the growing body of evidence-based literature for the newborn, and bringing the identified best practices to our current policies. Then as a medical educator, I enjoy developing curriculum to support the dissemination of this knowledge to the pediatric residents and medical students who learn with me each week in the Newborn Nursery.
My major research interests are medical education, breastfeeding, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), survey methodology, and public health. Currently I am working on projects related to: 1)the utilization of educational DVD's to support literacy development and behavioral skills to manage stress with new parents, 2) delayed cord clamping and myelination as they relate to development, and 3) a multicentered RCT comparing morphine vs. methadone in the treatment of NAS.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

VanVleet, MW. General Care of the Newborn. In: Elzouki, A., ed. Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics, Second Edition, Berlin: Springer-Verlag; 2012.

VanVleet, MW. Birth Related Injury. In: Elzouki, A., ed. Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics, Second Edition, Berlin: Springer-Verlag; 2012.

Padbury JP, VanVleet MW and Lester BM. Building For the Future of Rhode Island's Newborns. Medicine and Health/ Rhode Island, 2010;93:5, 134-138.

VanVleet MW (guest editor). The Ecology of Neonatology in Rhode Island:Improving Care for Newborns. Medicine and Health/ Rhode Island, 2010;93:5, 132-133.

research overview

My major research interests are medical education, breastfeeding, survey methodology, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and public health.

research statement

My major research interests are medical education, breastfeeding, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), survey methodology, and public health. Currently I am working on projects related to: 1)the utilization of educational DVD's to support literacy development and behavioral skills to manage stress with new parents, 2) delayed cord clamping and myelination as they relate to development, and 3) a multicentered RCT comparing morphine vs. methadone in the treatment of NAS.

funded research

1.Site Co-Investigator (local $507,254, total $3.172 mil)
NIH; R01DA032889-01A1 7/2012-6/2017
BABY (Best Agonist for BabY) Improving Outcome in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
National PI's: Jonathan Davis, M.D. and Barry Lester, Ph.D.

2. Co-Investigator
NICHD Grant 1R01HD076589-01 10/2012-
Infant Brain Study: Effects of Placental Transfusion on Early Brain Development
PI: Judith Mercier, Ph.D., CNM

3. Site co-PI ($150,000)
HRSA 6/2012- 5/31/2015
A Regional Approach to cCHD NBS
PI, Monica McClain, Ph.D.

4. Co-Investigator (no money, just shared resources)
NICHQ 6/2012- 9/2014
Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative: Women and Infants Hospital
PI: Cindi Zembo, ILIBC.