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About the Author:
Dr. Brenda Hussey-Gardner, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Developmental Specialist

As a mother, author, and professional with a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education and Masters degrees in Maternal/Child Health and Special Education, Dr. Hussey-Gardner is uniquely qualified to help with the parenting process. She has spent the past 13 years conducting community and corporate-based parenting seminars, training other professionals, and training parents on the 12 keys issues covered in her book: Parenting to Make a Difference. She offers practical insights throughout her book, with emphasis on how parents can make a difference through motivation and love.


ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
Degrees:

Ph.D. Early Childhood Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1995
M.P.H. Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1987
M.A. Special Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1987
B.S. Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1985

Certificates and Licenses
1995 Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program
1993 Early Childhood Special Educator (State of Maryland)
1992 Denver II
1987 Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale

Honors and Citations
1997 - 1998 Who's Who in American Women
1996 - 1997 Who's Who in the World
1995 - 1996 Who's Who in American Education
1994 - 1995 Who's Who in American Education
1991 - 1995 Graduate Assistant Award, University of Maryland
1994 Golden Key National Honor Society
1994 Phi Kappa Phi
1985 - 1987 Graduate Assistant Award, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
1985 - 1987 Graduate Fellowship, University of North Carolina



PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE



PUBLICATIONS
* designates refereed articles
+ designates invited articles

Dissertation:

Hussey-Gardner, B. (1995). Evaluation of family-centered information and instruction sessions in a neonatal intensive care unit follow-up clinic. University of Maryland, College Park, MD.


Books:


Pamphlet Series:

Hussey-Gardner, B. (1992). Helping me learn: A series for parents. Baltimore, MD: NICU Follow-Up Clinic.


Journal Articles:

*Hussey-Gardner, B., Wachtel, R., & Viscardi, R. (in press). Parent perceptions of a NICU Follow-Up Clinic. Neonatal Network.

* Gowen, J., Johnson-Martin, N., Goldman, B., & Hussey, B. (1992). Object play and exploration in children with and without disabilities: A longitudinal study. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 97, 21-38.

* Gowen, J., Goldman, B., Johnson-Martin, N., & Hussey, B. (1989). Object play and exploration of handicapped and nonhandicapped infants. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 10, 58-72.

+ Hussey, B. (1988). Signals of premature infants. Intensive Caring Unlimited, 6, 1 & 5.


Abstracts

Wachtel, R., Landsman, J. & Hussey-Gardner, B. (1996). Detecting delay in premature infants: The need for partial correction. Pediatric Research, 39(4), 283.


Works in Progress

Hussey-Gardner, B. (in progress). The Manual of Child Development. Palo Alto, CA: VORT Corporation.


PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
National/International:

Wachtel, R., Landsman, J., & Hussey-Gardner, B. (1996). Detecting delay in premature infants: The need for partial correction. Poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting: Washington, DC, May.

Stroup, V., Hussey-Gardner, B., & Bernstein, H. (1993). Qualitative research in early intervention: Developing an understanding through the examination of three studies. Poster presentation at the International Conference for the Division of Early Childhood: San Francisco, CA, December.

Hussey-Gardner, B., & Stroup, V. (1992). Individualized family service plans in nontraditional settings. Poster presentation at the International Division for Early Childhood Conference on Children with Disabilities: Washington, D.C., December.

Katz, K., Hussey, B., & Baker, C. (1989). Effects of an early intervention program for chronically ill infants of reduction of parent stress. Poster presented at the Sixth Biennial National Training Institute, National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Washington, D.C., December.

Pokorni, J., Long, T., Hussey, B., & Baker, C. (1988). Comprehensive family centered developmental care for chronically ill children birth - 19 months. Preconference institute at the Division for Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Nashville, TN, November.

Long, T., Katz, K., Hussey, B., & Reilly, M. (1988). Developmental interventions with chronically ill infants: A model program. Paper presented at the American Association on Mental Deficiency, Washington, D.C., May.

Hussey, B. (1987). My special signals: A booklet-based intervention. Poster presented at the Fifth Biennial National Training Institute, National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Washington, D.C., December.

Pokorni, J., Wallin, C., & Hussey, B. (1987). Developmental inservice training for NICU staff. Poster presented at the Fifth Biennial National Training Institute, National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Washington, D.C., December.

Hussey, B. (1987). Increasing parental awareness and knowledge of preemie cues through "My Special Signals: A Guide for Parents of Premature Infants". Poster presented at Parent Care...Moving Through Life, Philadelphia, PA, October.

Gowen, J., Hussey, B., Goldman, B., & Johnson-Martin, N. (1987). Object exploration and play of handicapped and nonhandicapped infants: A longitudinal study. Poster presented at Focusing on the Future: Linking Research, Policy, and Practice in Early Intervention, Arlington, VA, May.
Gowen, J., Hussey, B., & Goldman, B. (1987). Object exploration and play of delayed and nondelayed infants. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD, April.

State:

Hussey-Gardner, B. (1996). Playful Parenting. Presentation for the Family Support Network Annual Conference, Annapolis, MD, March.

Hussey-Gardner, B. (1995). Helping You Understand Your Child. Presentation for Part H Families, Parsons, KS, June.

Wachtel, R., Hussey-Gardner, B., & Lahey, M. (1995). Maryland's PRIDE: A NICU Model for Premature Infant Developmental Enrichment. Presentation at Annual Conference on Prevention and Early Intervention Services for Children, From Birth Through Eight Years, and Their Families, Baltimore, MD, May.

Hussey-Gardner, B. (1995). Developmentally Supportive Care: NIDCAP. Presentation at Caring for the Premature Infant, Baltimore, MD, April.

Hussey-Gardner, B. (1994). Implementing NIDCAP: A Developmental Assessment. Neonatal Nursing in the 90's: New Perspectives, Columbia, MD, November.

Wachtel, R., Hussey-Gardner, B., & Lahey, M. (1994). Maryland's PRemature Infant Developmental Enrichment (PRIDE) project: Hospital-based intervention for NICU graduates. Presentation at State Interagency Coordinating Council, Baltimore, MD, April.

Goldman, B., & Hussey, B. (1987). Helping parents interpret cues of competence in severely handicapped infants. Presentation at Best Practices for Serving Low Incidence Handicapped Infants Training Institute, Virginia Beach, VA, June.

Goldman, B., & Hussey, B. (1987). Alternate strategies for assessing emerging skills in handicapped infants. Presentation at Best Practices for Serving Low Incidence Handicapped Infants Training Institute, Virginia Beach, VA, June.

Gowen, J., & Hussey, B. (1987). Learning through play; learning to play. Workshop presented at A Day for Day Care Training, Chapel Hill, NC, January.


Grand Rounds:

Hussey-Gardner, B. (1996). Developmental Intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD, March.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Consultancies:

1996 Field Reader, United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Washington, DC.

1993 - 1996 Consultant, Party In A Bag (Children's Themed Parties), Columbia, MD.

1994 - 1995 Consultant, Academy Child Development Center, Bethesda, MD.

1993 - 1995 Consultant, Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program Training Group, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, MD.

1994 Field Reader, United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Washington, DC.

1988 - 1989 Consultant, Video Training Program for Neonatal and Pediatric Nursing and Medical Staff, Child Development Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1986 - 1988 Consultant, Automated Coding System, JAGTECH, Rockville, MD


Organizational Memberships:
Council for Exceptional Children
Division for Early Childhood


Organizational & State Committees:

1997 Baltimore City Early Head Start Task Force
1996 - present Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council Service Delivery Committee, Chairperson
1995 - present Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council Public Awareness Committee, Chairperson
1995 - present Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council Member
1995 - present Baltimore City Private Providers Group
1994 State of Maryland Special Instruction Task Force
1992 Division for Early Childhood, Exhibits Committee


Television:

1996, March Setting Limits, Up to the Minute News, CBS, New York, NY.
1993, November Parenting Babies, The Morning Show, WMAR, Baltimore, MD.
1993, September Guiding Behavior, Sleeping Through the Night, & Toilet Training, The Morning Show, WMAR, Baltimore, MD.
1993, July Parenting to Make a Difference: Book Promotion, The Morning Show, WMAR, Baltimore, MD.


Radio:

1996, May Baltimore City Infants and Toddlers Program, WJFK, Baltimore, MD.


Workshop and Inservice Activities:

1997, February Denver II Training, Baltimore City Infants & Toddlers Program, Baltimore, MD

1996, May The Infants & Toddlers Program, Psychiatry Rounds, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.

1996, March Developmental Intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics Rounds, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.

1996, January Family-centered Intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Follow-up Clinic, Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics Rounds, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.

1995, December Conducting Family-centered Neurodevelopmental Screenings, Presentation for the Division of Neonatology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1995, December Denver II Training, Baltimore City Infants & Toddlers Program, Baltimore, MD.

1995, August Family-centered Information & Instructions Sessions in a NICU Follow-up Clinic, Presentation for the Division of Neonatolgoy, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1995, June Infant & Toddler Development, Bureau of Mapping, Washington, DC.

1995, June Part H Issues in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, University of Kansas, Parsons, KS.

1995, May Terrible Twos, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD.
1995, May Stimulating Activities for Infants & Toddlers, FACEB, Bethesda, MD.

1995, April Developmental Interventions for Premature Infants & their Families in the Surgical Unit of a NICU, Unit Retreat, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1995, April Developmental Interventions for Premature Infants & their Families in the Very Low Birth Weigh Unit, Unit Retreat, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1995, February Developmental Interventions in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Applications for the Respiratory Therapist, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1995, February Developmental Interventions for Premature Infants & their Families in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Unit, Unit Retreat, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1994, October I'm Special! Promoting Self-esteem in Infants & Toddlers, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

1994, October Early Intervention Services for Infants & Toddlers, Presentation to Neonatology Fellows, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1994, September Parenting Young Babies: Questions & Answers, Kahler Hall Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1994, May Infant and Toddler Development: What to expect at Different Stages & Activities To Do, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Bethesda, MD.

1994, May Stimulating and Fun Activities for Infants and Toddlers, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.
1994, March Premature Infants...In the NICU & Beyond, Hood College, Frederick, MD.

1994, March Assessment & Programming of Premature Infants, Prince George's County Early Childhood Program, Beltsville, MD.

1993, October Games to Play with Young Children, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

1993, August Child Development, Clark Corporation, Bethesda, MD.

1993, March Understanding & Responding to the Behavioral Signals of Premature Babies, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1993, March Infant & Toddler Development: Answering Parental Concerns, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

1992, November Choosing Toys, Omni Corporation, Bethesda, MD.

1992, July Infant and Toddler Activities to Enhance Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

1992, June Using the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale With Premature and At-Risk Infants, Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, MD.

1992, June Guiding the Behavior of Young Children, Mothers Support Group, Columbia, MD.

1992, May Understanding Your Premature Baby's Signals, Parent Support Group, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1992, May Fostering the Development of Older Babies, University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

1992, May Stimulating Environments for Infants and Toddlers, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1992, April The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale--Theory & Practice, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1992, March Interpreting Signals of Infants Born Prematurely, Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, MD.

1992, February Helping Parents Read Their Premature Infant's Signals, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

1991, December Self-Esteem and Discipline in Infants and Toddlers, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1991, November Choosing Appropriate Toys, Omni Inc., Bethesda, MD.

1991, November Choosing Appropriate Toys, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

1991, November Behavior Management, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1991, October Toilet Training Your Child, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1991, September Teaching Your Toddler to Sleep Through the Night, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1991, September Toilet Training, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1991, June Toilet Training Your Child, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1991, June Infant and Toddler Play and Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

1991, June Play and the Preschooler, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1991, June Play and the Preschooler, Columbia Hospital for Women, Washington, DC.

1991, June Play and the Preschooler, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

1991, April Toilet Training Your Child, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1991, March Childhood Nutrition, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1991, March Preparing Your Child for the Birth of a New Baby, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1991, February Parenting Young Infants, Kahler Hall Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1991, January Helping Your Child Learn to Sleep Through the Night, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1990, December Choosing Toys for the Holidays, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1990, November Parenting Toddlers, Kahler Hall Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1990, November Choosing Appropriate Toys, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

1990, October Parenting Babies, Kahler Hall Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1990, October Potty Training, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1990, October Teaching Your Child to Sleep Through the Night, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1990, October Parenting Newborns, Kahler Hall Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1990, September Potty Training, Oakland Mills Community Center, Columbia, MD.

1990, September Infant Development, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

1990, June Child Development, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1990, June Infant Development, Columbia Hospital for Women, Washington, DC.

1990, June Child Development, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

1990, May Child Development, Chevy Chase Bank, Laurel, MD.

1990, April Infant and Child Development, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

1989, December Toys, Chevy Chase Bank, Bethesda, MD.

1989, November Choosing Toys for Infants and Children, Columbia Hospital for Women,


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