The Fetal Behavior Studies Program is a clinical research program that examines fetal and infant neurobehavioral development to assess neurological integrity and behavioral stability. Fetal neurobehavior is measured by recording fetal heart rate, motor activity, behavioral state, and responsiveness to extrauterine stimuli using a protocol and coding system we developed called the Fetal Neurobehavior Coding System (FENS).
I was originally trained as a nurse and hold board-certification as a clinical nurse specialist in child and family psychiatry. I obtained my BA in Neuroscience from Clark University and earned my doctorate at the University of Connecticut in Biobehavioral Sciences/Developmental Psychobiology. I completed my postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School. My current research and clinical interests include neurobehavioral development, fetal and infant development, sleep development and disorders, perinatal and infant mental health, prenatal exposures, autism, and child psychopathology. I am currently conducting research on fetal and infant neurobehavioral development in relation to maternal depression and antidepressant treatment during pregnancy.
AMY LYNN SALISBURY, PhD, MS
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