Dr. Andrea Freeman Duncan received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2002. She completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She was subsequently a clinical scientist faculty member and mentor at the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Houston McGovern Medical School.
Dr. Duncan joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2019 and is the Medical Director of the Neonatal Follow-up Program there. She is the Principal Investigator for Neurodevelopmental Follow-up for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia site of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development Neonatal Research Network. She is also the Principal Investigator for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia site of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Early Detection of Cerebral Palsy (CP) Network.
Dr. Duncan's main research interest is in long-term medical and neurodevelopmental outcomes of NICU graduates. This has included previous research in the effects of very-low-birth weight and postnatal growth on blood pressure during the first three years of life, the role of ethnic and social factors on Bayley Scales of Infant Development Cognitive and Language Scale scores in children born extremely premature, the effect of parenting style on self-regulation in children born preterm, the correlation of neuroimaging with outcomes in children born extremely preterm, motor outcomes in high-risk children, and the effects of implementation of the international guidelines for early assessment for CP on diagnoses and outcomes in high risk infants. Her current research involves evaluation of executive functioning and brain connectivity in high-risk infants and infants with CP, parenting style in high risk infant development, and the use of implementation science to translate evidence to practice.