My research involves epidemiologic and health services research investigations in the areas related to infant mortality and the outcomes of high-risk neonates. More specifically, current projects are in the following areas:

Outcomes of infants experiencing neonatal complications like low birth weight, and interventions potentially ameliorating adverse outcomes

Specific studies include:

  • The Infant Health and Development Program. We have obtained early school-age data on a multi-site cohort (n = 1000) of low birth weight pre-term children who participated in a randomized trial of an early childhood educational intervention program. This study represents the largest trial of early intervention to date. Follow-up data at age 18 years has been collected and is being analyzed.

  • Description of early dysregulation in infants who have been discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit.

  • Assessment of the utility of digitally administered questionnaires to identify children most in need of the Infant Follow-up Clinic.

The evaluation of programs designed to improve the health of families and children.

Specific studies include:

  • With personnel at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services, we have initiated an annual report on access to and utilization of health services for children and youth.

  • With the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center, we are assessing the effect of early intervention in preschool children with special health care needs.



M.D., 1971, The Johns Hopkins Medical School
Sc.D., 1978, The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
Honorary Doctor of Human Letters, 2006, Emmanuel College

Other Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Senior Associate Director of the Infant Follow-up Program, Children’s Hospital; Senior Associate for Academic Affairs, Department of Neonatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.