Dr. Nathalie Maitre, MD, PhD

Director NICU Follow-up Program & NICU Developmental Therapies, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dr. Maitre is a board-certified neonatologist and research investigator with a focus on neurodevelopment in high-risk newborns and rehabilitation of long-term disabilities. She is the Director of the NICU Follow-up Program and the Medical Director of NICU Developmental Therapies at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her research emphasizes the development of quantitative measures of neural function in infants to allow the rational design and testing of parent-based and technology-assisted strategies. A career development award from the NICHD allowed her to elucidate mechanisms through which the NICU environment contributes to cortical sensory processing differences in hospitalized neonates and their neurobehavioral outcomes.

For the past 8 years Dr. Maitre has conducted multidisciplinary research with neuroscientists, engineers and therapists in neurophysiology of NICU infants and rehabilitation. She now leads NIH-and foundation-funded studies (AACPDM Pedal-With-Pete, American Heart Association and Cerebral Palsy Alliance) of parent-driven sensory-motor interventions such as constraint and bimanual movement therapy, and pacifier-activated music players. She also continues to work with engineering and mathematical modeling teams in the US, Switzerland and India to develop new methodologies for brain-based assessment and therapy in infants and young children. She is a member of the international IMPACT for Cerebral Palsy workgroup.

Dr. Maitre mentors undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral trainees in rehabilitative therapies, developmental medicine, neonatology and engineering, who are interested in developing a career in the neuroscience of infant rehabilitation.

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