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Brenda T. Hussey-Gardner

Brenda T. Hussey-Gardner Ph.D., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Location: 110 South Paca Street, 8-S-140
Phone: (410) 328-6003
Fax: (410) 328-1076

Personal History:

Dr. Hussey-Gardner has more than 25 years of research and clinical experience with infants, toddlers, and their families. Currently, Dr. Hussey-Gardner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she is the Director of Maryland's PRIDE. Since 2000, Dr. Hussey-Gardner has received over $2 million dollars in grants to operate and study this program that provides early intervention services in collaboration with the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), NICU Follow-Up Program and general pediatrics clinic at the University of Maryland Hospital. She is also the coordinator of the NICU Follow-Up Program where she oversees more than 1,000 patient visits per year. In addition, she is the developmental specialist in the NICU.

University Instructor. Dr. Hussey-Gardner also hold an adjunct position with the Psychology Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on developmental psychology, parenting, children with disabilities, early intervention, and infants born prematurely. Anonymous student reviews consistently rank her as one of the top instructors at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Author & Presenter. Dr. Hussey-Gardner has been the author or co-author of 13 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and she has co-authored 2 textbook chapters. In addition, she has given 106 invited speeches at national, regional, and local conferences; 71 peer-reviewed, national and regional presentations; and has participated in 28 television, radio, magazine or internet interviews regarding child development. In addition, Dr. Hussey-Gardner has developed and published a number of resources that are used by professionals serving infants and toddlers, and by the families themselves. These publications include: Understanding My Signals: Help for Parents of Premature Infants (currently in its third edition), Taking Care of Me: Help for Parents of New Babies, Parenting to Make a Difference: Your One to Four Year Old Child, Best Beginnings: Helping Parents Make a Difference, and PPOD: Parents & Pediatricians Optimizing Development. She is also the creator of the Best Beginnings Developmental Screen, a tool for screening developmental milestone attainment and quality of performance in adaptive, social-emotional, fine motor, cognitive, language, and gross motor domains of children from birth to 39 months of age.

Advocate. Dr. Hussey-Gardner has a history of advocating for children with developmental delays in Maryland. She has been a member of the Maryland State Interagency Coordinating Council since 2006, an Executive Board member since 2007, and in 2011 she became the Chair of this council whose job is to advise and assist the early childhood intervention and education system of services in Maryland. At the state level, she has conducted research to substantiate and change high probability conditions for early intervention eligibility in Maryland. Her research led to inclusion of infants with chronic lung disease and surgical necrotizing entereocolitis. In addition, Dr. Hussey-Gardner led the effort to create the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program Physician's Guide, released in 2009. Her advocacy work related to the use of adjusted age for infants and toddlers born prematurely resulted in a Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) change in 2013. Locally, Dr. Hussey-Gardner has been a member of the Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council since 1996 and was the Chairperson from 1997-2001.

Research Interests:

Developmental outcomes of infants born prematurely, early intervention, parenting, developmental screening

Clinical Specialties:

Developmental evaluations of infants & toddlers, early intervention

Current Grants:

Maryland's PRIDE (PRemature Infant Developmental Enrichment Program), 1999-Present, Baltimore City Health Department


Copyrights (since 2006):

Hussey-Gardner B. Best Beginnings Developmental Screen. Baltimore, MD: 2005, 2006

Hussey-Gardner B. Understanding my signals: User's guide. 3rd ed. Palo Alto, CA: VORT; 2008.

Hussey-Gardner B. Understanding my signals: Help for parents of premature infants. 3rd ed. Palo Alto, CA: VORT; 2008.

Hussey-Gardner B. P-POD: Parents & Pediatricians Optimizing Development. An interactive app for developmental surveillance & parent education. Palo Alto, CA: VORT; 2012.

Hussey-Gardner B. Best Beginnings Parent Handouts. Palo Alto, CA: VORT, 2015.

Hussey-Gardner B. Best Beginnings for Parents. Palo Alto, CA: VORT, 2016.

Peer Reviewed Journals (since 2006):

Hussey-Gardner B. Family Centered Care in the NICU. eNeonatal. November 2008; 6(3):27.

Baschat AA, Viscardi RM, Hussey-Gardner B, Hashmi N, Harman C. Infant neurodevelopment following fetal growth restriction: relationship with antepartum surveillance parameters. Ultrasound Obstet GynecoI. 2009 Jan; 33(1):44-50.

Hussey-Gardner B, Famuyide M. Developmental Interventions in the NICU "What are the Developmental Benefits? NeoReviews. March 2009; 10(3); e113-e120.

Donohue PK, Hussey-Gardner B, Sulpar LJ, Fox R, Aucott SW. Parents perception of the back-transport of very-low-birth-weight infants to community hospitals. Journal of Perinatology. 2009; 29:575-581.

Donohue PK, Hussey-Gardner B, Sulpar LJ, Fox R, Aucott SW. Convalescent care of NICU infants in community hospitals: risk or benefit? Journal of Pediatrics. July, 2009; 124(1):105-11.

Hussey-Gardner B, Fleury M. Maryland's PRIDE: A state-of-the-art early intervention program for preterm and medically fragile infants. The Forum: National Association of Perinatal Social Workers. Fall, 2013.

Rose L, Herzig L, Hussey-Gardner B. Analysis of current trends and changes over time early intervention programs across the nation. Peds Review. January, 2014.

Hobbs J, Hussey-Gardner B, Donohue PK. Pediatric perspectives: Caring for NICU graduates in the community. Contemporary Pediatrics. December, 2015

Hobbs J, Jennings J, Tschudy M, Hussey-Gardner B, Boss R. Baby Steps: A Post Discharge Home Visiting Program by Neonatology Fellows. Pediatrics Supplement, Feb 2016; 137 (Supplement 3); 489A.

Falck AJ, Moorthy S, Hussey-Gardner B. Perceptions of Palliative Care in the NICU. Advances in Neonatal Care. June 2016; 16(3): 191-200.