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"Where is the Love? Getting to the Heart of Trauma Informed Care" 
with Mary Coughlin

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  • Coughlin, M. (2015). The Sobreviver (Survive) Project. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, 15(4), 169-173.   (Used The Zaky ZAK (aka Kangaroo Zak) to implement Kangaroo Care)
  • Lemermeyer, G. Embodied Ethics: Phenomenology of the NICU Nurse’s Touch 
  • Agorastos, A., Pervanidou, P., Chrousos, G.P., & Baker, D.G. (2019). Developmental trajectories of early life stress and trauma: a narrative review on neurobiological aspects beyond stress system dysregulation. Frontiers in Psychiatry, doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00118.
  • Charpak N, Tessier R, Ruiz JG, Uriza F, Hernandez JT, Cortes D, Montealegre-Pomar A. Kangaroo mother care had a protective effect on the volume of brain structures in young adults born preterm. Acta Paediatr. 2022 Jan 24. doi: 10.1111/apa.16265. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35067976.
  • Crump, C. (2020). An overview of adult health outcomes after preterm birth. Early Human Development, 1 50:105187. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2020.105187.
  • Coughlin, M. (2021). Transformative Nursing in the NICU: Trauma-informed Age-appropriate Care Second Ed. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company Buy Here
  • Coughlin, M. (2015). The Sobreviver (Survive) Project. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, 15(4), 169-173.
  • Delafield-Butt JT, Freer Y, Perkins J, Skulina D, Schögler B, Lee DN. Prospective organization of neonatal arm movements: A motor foundation of embodied agency, disrupted in premature birth. Dev Sci. 2018 Nov;21(6):e12693. doi: 10.1111/desc.12693. Epub 2018 Jun 19. PMID: 29920860; PMCID: PMC6220947.
  • Duffee, J., Szilagyi, M., Forkey, H., Kelly, E.T.,, Council on Community Pediatrics, Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care, Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. (2021). Trauma-Informed Care in Child Health Systems. Pediatrics, 148(2), e2021052579.
  • Forkey, H., Szilagyi, M., Kelly, E.T., & Duffee, J. (2021). Trauma-informed care. Pediatrics, 148(2), e2021052580; DOI:
  • Fumagalli, M., Provenzi, L., De Carli, P., Dessimone, F., Sirgiovanni, I., Giorda, R., Cinnante, C., Squarcina, L., Pozzoli, U., Triulzi, F., Brambilla, P., Borgatti, R., Mosca, F., & Montirosso, R. (2018). From early stress to 12-month development in very preterm infants: preliminary findings on epigenetic mechanisms and brain growth. PLoS ONE 13(1), e0190602.
  • Lammertink, F., Vinkers, C.H., Tataranno, M.L., & Benders, M.J.N.L. (2021). Premature birth and developmental programming: mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11(531571). doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.531571.
  • Lewandowski, A.J., Levy, P.T., Bates, M.L., McNamara, P.J., Nuyt, A.M., & Goss, K.N. (2020). Impact of the vulnerable preterm heart and circulation on adult cardiovascular risk. Hypertension, 76, 1028-1037.
  • Linsell, L., Johnson, S., Wolke, D., Morris, J., Kurinczuk, J., & Marlow, N. (2019). Trajectories of behavior, social and emotional problems from childhood to early adulthood following extremely preterm birth: a prospective cohort study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 28, 531-542.
  • Montagna, A. & Nosarti, C. (2016). Socio-emotional development following very preterm birth: pathways to psychopathology. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(80). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00080.
  • Perez, A., Thiede, L., Ludecke, D., Ebenebe, C.U., von dem Knesebeck, O., & Singer, D. (2020). Lost in transition: health care experiences of adults born very preterm – a qualitative approach. Frontiers in Public Health, 8(605149). doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.605149.
  • Provenzi, L. Fumagalli, M., di Minico, G.S., Giorda, R., Morandi, F., Sirgiovanni, I., Schiavolin, P., Mosca, F., Borgatti, R., & Montirosso, R. (2020). Pain-related increase in serotonin transporter gene methylation associates with emotional regulation in 4.5-year-old preterm-born children. Acta Paediatrica, 109(6), 1166-1174. doi: 10.1111/apa.15077.
  • Aristizabal, M.J., Anreiter, I., Halldorsdottir, T., Odgers, C.L., McDade, T.W., Goldenberg, A., Mostafavi, S., Kobor, M.S., Binder, E.B., Sokolowski, M.B., & O’Donnell, K.J. (2020). Biological embedding of experience: A primer on epigenetics. PNAS, 117(38), 23261-23269.
  • Provenzi, L., Guida, E., & Montirosso, R. (2018). Preterm behavioral epigenetics: a systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 84, 262-271.
  • Provenzi, L., di Minico, G.S., Giorda, R., & Montirosso, R. (2017). Telomere length in preterm infants: a promising biomarker of early adversity and care in the neonatal intensive care unit? Frontiers in Endocrinology, 8, 295. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2017.00295.
  • Risnes, K., Bilsteen, J.F., Brown, P., Pulakka, A., Anderson, A-M.N., Opdahl, S., Kajantie, E., & Sandin, S. (2021). Mortality among young adults born preterm and early term in 4 Nordic nations. JAMA Network Open, 4(1), e2032779.
  • Tan, J.B.C., Boskovic, D.S., & Angeles, D.M. (2018). The energy costs of prematurity and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience. Antioxidants, 7(3), pii: E37.
  • Vanes, L.D., Murray, R.M., & Nosarti, C. (2021). Adult outcomes of preterm birth: implications for neurodevelopmental theories of psychosis. Schizophrenia Research,
  • Wolke, D., Johnson, S., & Mendonca, M. (2019). The life course consequences of very preterm birth. Annual Reviews of Developmental Psychology, 1, 69-92.
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