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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
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

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

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • Brown, L.F., (co-Principal Investigator). Effect of Cannabis on Brain Connectivity Associated with Maternal Attachment: A Pilot Study in Postpartum Women. Virginia Commonwealth University CTSA (UL1TR002649 from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences), 5/1/20-4/30/21.
  • Brown, L.F. Co-Principal Investigator/Advisor, Splanchnic oxygenation and feeding intolerance in the very low birthweight infant, Sigma Theta Tau, 2/1/20-1/31/21, 4,560.00
  • Brown, L.F. Co-Principal Investigator/Advisor, Splanchnic oxygenation and feeding intolerance in the very low birthweight infant, Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, 2/1/20-1/31/21, 4,560.00
  • Brown, L.F. Advisor, An inside look in the transition from the NICU to home, UROP, 5/1/19- 4/30/20, $500.0 
  • Brown, L., Multiple Principal Investigator, Stress and Feeding (SAFE): A Pilot Intervention for Mothers and their Preterm Infants, School of Nursing Intermural Grant Program, 2018
  • Brown, L., Multiple Principal Investigator, Stress and Feeding (SAFE) Intervention for Mothers and their Preterm Infants, R01, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, 2017
  • 2015-2016 Principal Investigator, Microbiota and Preterm Infant Growth. VCU School of Nursing Intramural Grants Program, $18,925.00.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Jallo, N., Brown, L.F., Elswick, R.K., Kinser, P., Salisbury, A., (in press). Happiness in Pregnant African American women: What are the Biobehavioral Correlates? Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing
  • Olsen-Pancoast, M. & Brown, L.F. (under review). Are We Assessing Context When We Research the Maternal Experience of Pumping? Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing.
  • Olsen-Pancoast, M. Brown, L.F, & Salyer, S. (under review). The experience of pumping breast milk: a scoping review. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 
  • Brown, L.F., Dusing, S., Thacker, L., & Hendricks-Munoz, K. (under review). SPEEDI an Intervention to Support Mother-Infant Interaction: A Pilot Study. Journal for the Specialist in Pediatric Nursing.
  • Dusing, S., Tripathi, T., Marcinowski, E., Thacker, L., Brown, L., & Hendricks-Munoz, K. (2018). Supporting Play Exploration and Early Developmental Intervention versus Usual Care to Enhance Development Outcomes During the Transition from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Home. A Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Pediatric, 18(1), 46-58. doi:10.1186/s12887-018-1011-4
  • Reyna, B. A. & Brown, L. F. (2017). Interruptions in care during bottle feeding of infants in the newborn intensive care unit [Abstract]. Advances in Neonatal Care, 17(3), E18-19. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000 399
  • 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 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Jallo, N., Brown, L., Kinser, P., Sargent, L., & Lapato, D. (April 1-4, 2020). Accelerating Behavioral Health Research with Biomarkers: Challenges and Opportunities. Invited Symposium at the Society for Behavioral Medicine. San Francisco, CA (canceled)
  • Jallo, N., Brown, L., Kinser, P., Lapato, D., & Sargent, L. (April 2020). Accelerating Behavioral Health Research with Biomarkers: Challenges and Opportunities. Invited Symposium at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
  • Pancoast, M. & Brown, L. (2018).  Challenges of Exclusively Pumping: Suggestions for Providers.  Poster presented at the International Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Conference, Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • Pancoast, M. & Brown, L. (2017). Experience of Pumping Breast Milk: Exclusive vs. Intermittent Pumping. Poster Presentation at Sigma Theta Tau Gama Omega 3rd Annual Research Showcase, Richmond, VA
  • Dollings, M. & Brown, L.F. (2017). A comparison of splanchnic-cerebral oxygenation ratios during various feeding states in one extremely low birth weight infant: A case presentation.  Poster presented at the Academy of Neonatal Nursing, Las Vegas, NV
  • Reyna, B. & Brown, L. (2017). Interruptions in Bottle Feeding of Infants in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Poster Discussion at the 10th Annual NANN Research Summit, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Pancoast, M. & Brown, L. (2017). Experience of Pumping Breast Milk: Exclusive vs. Intermittent Pumping. Poster Presentation at Sigma Theta Tau Gama Omega 3rd Annual Research Showcase, Richmond, VA
  • Brown, L. (2017). An Intervention to Enhance Feeding Quality and Interactions of Mothers and Their Preterm Infants. Poster Discussion at the Southern Nursing Research Society, Dallas, TX 
  • Sturgill, J., Swift-Scanlan, T., Montpetit, M., An, K., Brown, L., Jallo, N., & Menzies, V. (2017). Understanding the Bio in Biobehavioral Research: Ideas to Discovery. Invited Symposium at the Southern Nursing Research Society, Dallas, TX
  • 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.
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