1. To study the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse on child development
2. To study the effects of cognitive processes on directed reaching in high risk children
Dr. Linda LaGasse is Associate Professor of Pediatrics(Research)and Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) and the Director of Research of the Brown Center for the Study of Infants at Risk at Brown Medical School and Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. LaGasse is particularly interested in the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse on development including early infant cry, cognitive-motor processes, later behavior problems and psychopathology. Currently her primary focus is two multi-site, longitudinal studies of children with prenatal exposure to methamphetamine and adolescents with prenatal exposure to cocaine. She is also PI of an international study in New Zealand extending her work on prenatal methamphetamine exposure and child outcome. She is particularly interested in the ipact of prenatal exposure and early adversity on development of children and adolescents. Dr. LaGasse has over 70 peer reviewed publications and chapters, serves on the Editorial Board of neurotoxicology and Teratology and ad hoc grant reviewer for several NIH institutes. Her research is supported by NIH grants for the past 15 years.
LINDA LAGASSE, PHD, SCM
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