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Education and Training
1981-1985 BS Special Education from University of Maryland. College Park, Maryland
1985-1987 MA Special Education from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1985-1987 MPH Maternal & Child Health from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1991-1995 PhD Early Childhood Special Education from University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Dr. Hussey-Gardner is a clinician, univeristy instructor, author, presenter and advocate.
Dr. Hussey-Gardner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she is a developmental specialist. She has more than 25 years of clinical experience with infants, toddlers, and their families. Dr. Hussey-Gardner evaluates the development of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NCIU) and she sees patients in the NICU Follow-Up Program. In both settings she provides parents with strategies for fostering development through play and during daily routines. If needed, Dr. Hussey-Gardner links families with early intervention services in their community.
In addition to teaching pediatric residents and neonatology fellows about development, Dr. Hussey-Gardner holds 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, infant assessment, 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 tex tbook chapters. In addition, she has given 108 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.
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.
Developmental evaluations of infants and toddlers, developmental outcomes of infants born prematurely, early intervention, fostering development of infants and toddlers, parenting
Hussey-Gardner B. Best Beginnings Developmental Screen. Baltimore, MD: 2005, 2006.
Hussey-Gardner B. Understanding my signals: Help for parents of premature infants. 3rd ed. Palo Alto, CA: VORT; 2008.
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.
Dr. Hussey-Gardner's developed the Best Beginnings Developmental Screen, Family Questionnaires and Parent Handouts used in the University of Maryland’s NICU, NICU Follow-Up Program, and Maryland’s PRIDE. In addition Best Beginnings was used in the Maryland's Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Grant. Dr. Hussey-Gardner also developed PPOD (Parents & Pediatricians Optimizing Development), a personalized online tool for parents to help them monitor and foster their child's development.
Since 2000, Dr. Hussey-Gardner has received over $2 million dollars in grants to operate and study The Maryland's PRemature Infant Developmental Enrichment (PRIDE) Program. This program provides early intervention services in collaboration with the Baltimore City Infants and Toddlers Program and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), NICU Follow-Up Program and general pediatrics practice at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital.
Television, Radio Magazine & Internet Interviews
1993, July Parenting to Make a Difference: Book Promotion, The Morning Show, WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD
1993, September Guiding Behavior, Sleeping Through the Night & Toilet Training, The Morning Show, WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD
1993, November Parenting Babies, The Morning Show, WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD
1996, March Setting Limits, Up to the Minute News, CBS-TV, New York, NY
1996, May Baltimore City Infants & Toddlers Program, WJFK-Radio, Baltimore, MD
1998, July Baltimore City Infants & Toddlers Program, WXYV-Radio, Baltimore, MD
1998, August The Infants & Toddlers Program, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD
1999, November Parenting Infants & Toddlers, Arlington Community Cable-TV, Arlington, VA
1999, December Maryland’s PRIDE: A Unique Collaboration between UMMS NICU & Baltimore ITP, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD
2000, October Child Development, Idle X-Change, Arlington Cable-TV, Arlington, VA
2000, December Maryland’s PRIDE, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD
2002, January Interview regarding study from Case Western Reserve published in the New England Journal of Medicine; the study examined behavioral & educational outcomes to age 20 of very-low-birth-weight infants; Reuters TV, Baltimore, MD
2002, September Kangaroo Care, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD
2003, July Toddlers Take to the Toilet: Help with Toilet Training, Baltimore’s Child
2003, August Toilet Training, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD
2003, September Sleeping Through the Night, WBA-TVL, Baltimore, MD
2004, March When to Worry as Your Child Grows Up, WBAL-TV , Baltimore, MD
2004, March What Should Your Child be Able to Say? Milestones Can Help You Know When to Worry, WESH, Orlando, FL
2008, November Baby & Toddler: Fostering Your Child’s Independence, Baltimore’s Child
2009, January Beyond Babbling: Cultivating Toddler Conversation, iParenting
2009, January Fostering Your Toddler’s Independence, NE Ohio Family.com
2009, March Preemie Signals: Early Communication & Parent Education, Cover Story, Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
2009, April Purposeful Play, Toto Junction online
2009, October 5 Baby Sleeping Tips, Tehran Times: Iran’s Leading International Daily
2011, May The Early Years: Why Do Preschoolers Play Dress-Up? Baltimore’s Child Magazine
2011, May Tips to Help Put Baby to Sleep, WBAL-TV 11 Caring for Kids
2011, December Aggression & Preschoolers, Baltimore’s Child Magazine
2014, January PPOD, Baltimore’s Child Magazine
2016, June New Program Designed for Tiniest, Sickest Babies: Goslings, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD
1994 Member, State of Maryland Special Instruction Task Force
1996-1999 Member, State of Maryland Transition Task Force
1997-2000 Member, Maryland Interagency Coordinating Council Training & Recruitment Sub-committee
2001 Member, Maryland State Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) Focus Group
2006-present Member, Maryland Early Intervention State Interagency Coordinating Council; Executive Board: 2007- present; Co-Chair: 2010-2011; Chair 2011-present. Led effort to create Maryland Infants & Toddlers Program Physician’s Guide, released March 2009. Led effort to institute COMAR legislation regarding use of age adjustment for infants born prematurely, legislation implemented July 2013.
2008-2016 Member, Maryland Premature Infant Health Network
2011-2012 Member, Maryland Early Childhood Developmental Screening Task Force
2012 Member, Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program, Regulations Workgroup
2012-present Member, Governor's State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care
2012-present Executive Committee, Ready at Five
2012-2014 Member, Maryland Early Childhood Screening Consortium
2013-2015 Member, Maryland Task Force on Teacher Education in Early Childhood Education
2015 Member, Professional Development Master Plan Workgroup for Teachers and Providers of Early Childhood Education in Maryland
1986-1988 Consultant, JAGTECH Automated Coding System
1988-1989 Consultant, Georgetown University Medical Center, Video Training Program for Neonatal & Pediatric Nursing & Medical Staff
1993-1995 Consultant, University of Maryland NICU, Newborn Individualized Developmental Care & Assessment Program Training Group
1994-1995 Consultant, Academy Child Development Center
1995-present Member, Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council; Chairperson: 1997-2001
1995-2012 Member, Baltimore City Private Providers Group
1996-2000 Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council Service Delivery Committee; Chairperson: 1996-1997
1997-Present Member, Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council Public Awareness Committee; Chairperson: 1996-1997
1997-2001 Chairperson, Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council Nomination Committee
1998-2001 Member, Baltimore City Early Childhood Umbrella Group
2001-2008 Member, Training Committee, Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council; Chairperson 2001-2008
2002-2006 Coordinator, Baltimore Annual Early Intervention Conference
2010-2011 Member, Assessment Task Force for Baltimore City Infants & Toddlers Program