The Brown Center For The

Study Of Children At Risk

Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk
50 Holden Street
Providence RI 02908

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Rosemarie Bigsby, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA  - Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Bigsby is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.  She coordinates the Center's NICU services at Women & Infants Hospital.  Her experience as a pediatric occupational therapist includes working in a variety of settings as clinician, supervisor and consultant.  For the past 20 years, she has practiced in the NICU, in the combined roles of therapist, educator and researcher.  Dr. Bigsby was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 1994, for her contributions to the practice of occupational therapy with infants and children.  She is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of the AOTA guidelines for NICU practice, as well as the Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants (Psychological Corporation; 2000) and Developmental & Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU (Vergara, E., & Bigsby, R., Brookes Publishing; Second Printing 2007), a textbook for NICU professionals.  Her research focuses on motor development, behavioral cues, physiologic regulation, and feeding in early infancy.  She has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally, and currently teaches several two-day multidisciplinary workshops per year on assessment and intervention in the NICU.

Selected Publications

  • Bigsby, R., LaGasse, L., Lester, B.M., Shankaran, S., Bada, H. Bauer, C. & Liu, J. Prenatal cocaine exposure an motor performance at four months. (Accepted for publication: American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September, 2010; expected publication September, 2011).
  • Lester, B. M., Miller, R. J., Hawes, K., Salisbury, A., Bigsby, R., Sullivan, M. C., Padbury, J. F. (2011). Infant Neurobehavioral Development. Seminars in Perinatology, 35, 8-19.
  • Bigsby, R. & Lee, YJ. (2010). Neonatal screening and supportive interventions to promote neurobehavioral development. Medicine & Health/Rhode Island, 93, 5, 139-141.
  • Miller-Loncar, C.L., Bigsby, R., High, P., Wallach, M., & Lester, B.  (2005).   Infant colic and feeding difficulties.  Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (89), 908-912.
  • DeSantis, A., Coster, W., Bigsby, R., & Lester, B.  (2004).  Colic and fussing in infancy and sensory processing at 3 - 8 years of age.  Infant Mental Health, 25 (6), 522-539.
  • Boukydis, C.F.Z., Bigsby, R., Lester, B.M. (2004).  Clinical Uses of the NNNS.  In: Lester, B.M. & Tronick, E.Z. (Eds),  The NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS).  Pediatrics, 113 (3), 679-689.