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Lisa Brown, Ph.D., R.N.

Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing


1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3039

Phone: (804) 828-5118
Email: lfbrown2@vcu.edu

TEACHING:

I have had experience teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. In the last few years, I have been particularly active and invested in the RN to BSN curriculum. I endeavor to help students learn, internalize and synthesize the information presented and apply this information in realistic situations. I believe my primary mission as a college professor and advisor is to assist students to become self-starters, independent thinkers, and self-confident in their professional abilities.

RESEARCH:

My program of research focuses on enhancing maternal competence by assessing mother-premature infant feeding interactions and designing interventions to support competence. I have developed a method of assessing mothers’ sensitivity and responsiveness to their infants’ feeding. I have examined feeding interactions in real time, and I’ve used sequential analysis to study the response of the infant to the mother’s behavior. I am interested in factors that influence the feeding interaction as well as the outcomes of those interactions. The factors that influence feeding interactions that I have examined include: maternal anxiety, maternal stress, maternal confidence, maternal depressive symptoms, maternal visual focus, the mother’s internal working model of feeding, and infant health (degree of prematurity, length of hospitalization, respiratory complications, and brain injuries). The outcomes of interest are: maternal sensitivity and responsivity, mother-infant synchrony, maternal and infant heart rate variability, infant regulated and dysregulated behavior, intestinal microbiomes, and infant growth. In my observational studies I have used both qualitative and quantitative designs.

SERVICE:

I am a member of the International Society on Infant Studies, Academy of Neonatal Nurses, Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Omega Chapter, and the National Black Nurses Association.

EDUCATION

  • BS - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
    Nursing
  • MSN - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
    Child-rearing Childbearing Families
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
    Nursing (Minor in Child and Family Studies)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
    T-32 Interventions to Prevent or Manage Chronic Illness

AWARDS & HONORS

  • AD Williams Faculty Research, New Investigator Award of the School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University 2010

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • 2015-2016 Principal Investigator, Microbiota and Preterm Infant Growth. VCU School of Nursing Intramural Grants Program, $18,925.00.
  • 2014-2015 Co-investigator, Supporting Play, Early Exploration and Development in Infants born preterm (SPEEDI) Feeding and Parent Child Interaction Extension Project (Dusing, PI), Children’s Hospital Foundation, $5,000.
  • 2010-2011 Principal Investigator, Mothers’ attention and preterm infant feeding, American Nurses Foundation/Academy of Neonatal Nursing, $3,500.
  • 2010-2011 Principal Investigator, Mothers’ attention and preterm infant feeding, Sigma Theta Tau International/ Southern Nursing Research Society, $4,280
  • 2007-2008 Center Investigator, Behavioral and Physiological Measures of Maternal-Premature Infant Feeding Interactions, (McCain, PI), Center for Biobehavioral and Clinical Research, P20 NR008988-01, National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH, $25,000
  • 2004-2006 An Observation System to Describe Mother-Infant Regulation. (M. Mishel, PI) Interventions for Preventing & Managing Chronic Illness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, T32 NR07091, National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH. $71,136.
  • 2003-2004 Principal Investigator, Provisions for Mother-Infant Interaction, Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin, $1,000,
  • 2002-2004 Principal Investigator, Correlates of an Adaptive Mother-Infant Relationship, F31 NR07703, Individual National Research Service Award, NIH, $59,850
  • 2000-2000 Principal Investigator, The Effects of Maternal Depression on Infant Behavior, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Eta Chapter, $500.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Dollings, M., Hendricks-Munoz, K., & Brown, L. (under review).  A Comparison of Splanchnic-Cerebral Oxygenation Ratios During Various Feeding States in One Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant – A Case Presentation. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
  • Kanhadilok, S. and Brown, L. (under review). Early preterm infant feeding behaviors in adolescent and adult mothers. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.[R] [D] [S]
  • Dollings, M. & Brown, L. (2016). An integrated review of intestinal microbiomes in the very premature infant: Environmental factors, necrotizing enterocolitis and late onset sepsis. Neonatal Network, 35(4), 204- 216. doi:10.1891/0730-0832.35.4.204
  • Edwards, L. & Brown, L. (2016). Non-pharmacological Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: An Integrative Review. Neonatal Network, 35(5). 305-313. doi: 10.1891/0730-0832.35.5.305
  • Dusing, S., Brown, L., Thacker, L., Tripathi, T., & Hendricks-Munoz, K. (2016). Supporting Mother-Infant Interaction in the NICU May Enhance Oral Motor Skills, Weight Gain, and Feeding Volume: A Pilot Study. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 58(S5), 13-14. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.11_13224
  • Dusing, S., Thacker, L., Tripathi, T., Brown, L., & Hendricks-Munoz, K. (2016). Initial efficacy of SPEEDI: A developmental intervention provided for 15 weeks in the NICU and community improves motor abilities in infants born very preterm or with brain injury. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 58(S5), 14-15. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12_13224
  • Brown, L., Pickler, R., and Wetzel, P. (2014). Maternal Attention and Preterm Infant Feeding.  Journal for Specialist in Pediatric Nursing,19(3), 257-265. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12077
  • Brown, L., Pridham, K., Brown, R. (2014). Sequential Observation of Infant Regulation and Dysregulation Following Soothing and Stimulating Maternal Behavior During Feeding. Journal for Specialist in Pediatric Nursing. Advance online publication . doi: 10.1111/jspn.12062. PMID: 24417766 
  • Phillips-Pula, L. McGrath, J., Pickler, R., Brown, L.  & Dusing, S. (2013). Caring for a Preterm Infant during the first six months post NICU discharge: A mother’s perspective. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 27(4), 335-344. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e3182a983be
  • Brown, L. & Pickler, R. (2013). A Guided Feeding Intervention for Mothers of Preterm Infants.  Journal for Specialist in Pediatric Nursing, 18(2), 98-108. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12020. PMID: 23560581
  • Brown, L., Griffin. J., Reyna, B., & Lewis, M. (2013). The Development of a Mother’s Internal Working Model of Feeding. Journal for Specialist in Pediatric Nursing, 18(1), 54-64. doi: 10.1111/jspn.1211. PMID: 23289455
  • Reyna, B., Brown, L., Pickler, R., Myers, B., & Younger, J. (2012). Mother-Infant Synchrony during Infant Feeding. Infant Behavior and Development, 35(4), 669-677. doi 10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.06.003. PMID: 22982266

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Dusing, S., Brown, L., Thacker, L., Tripathi, T.,Hendricks-Munoz, K. (2016). Supporting Mother-Infant Interaction in the NICU May Enhance Oral Motor Skills, Weight Gain, and Feeding Volume: A Pilot Study. Podium presentation at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Conference, Hollywood, FL.
  • Dusing, S., Thacker, L., Tripathi, T., Brown, L., Hendricks-Munoz, K. (2016). Initial efficacy of SPEEDI: a developmental intervention provided for 15 weeks in the NICU and community improves motor abilities in infants born very preterm or with brain injury. Podium presentation at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Conference, Hollywood, FL.
  • Dollings, M. & Brown, L. (2014). An integrated review of intestinal microbiomes in the very premature infant. Podium & Poster presentation at the Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Clearwater Beach, FL
  • Brown, L., Pridham, K., & Brown, R. (2014). Sequential Observation of Infant Regulated or
    Dysregulated Behavior Following Soothing and Stimulating Maternal Behavior During Feeding. Podium presentation at Southern Nursing Research Society, San Antonio, TX
  • Kanhadilok, S.,& Brown, L. (2013). Early Preterm infant Feeding Behaviors in Adolescent and Adult Mothers. Poster presented at Southern Nursing Research Society, Little Rock, AK.
  • Brown, L. & Griffin, J. (2012). The Development of a Mother’s Internal Working Model of Feeding. Podium presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society, New Orleans, LA.
  • Brown, L. Pridham, K., & Brown, R. (2012). Feeding Regulation and Dysregulation. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN
  • Brown, L., & Pickler, R. (2011). A Case Approach: A Preliminary Study of Intervention Feasibility for Mothers of Preterm Infants. Poster presented at the State of the Science, Washington, DC.
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