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

Academic Administration:
(401) 453-7640

Clinical Services:
(401) 274-1122
x8936 or x8935

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Cynthia Miller-Loncar, PhD, - Director, Clinical Services

Dr. Miller-Loncar is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Pediatrics.  As the director of clinical services, Dr. Miller-Loncar oversees the five clinical services provided by the Center, working within a multidisciplinary team of professionals dealing with a variety of children at risk for developmental issues, including preterm infants, children with drug-exposure histories, infants with regulatory disorders, and children birth to 5 years with a both developmental and behavioral difficulties.  These clinical services have allowed Dr. Miller-Loncar to expand her skills as a licensed psychologist in the areas of neurodevelopmental assessment and behavioral interventions within the family system.

Dr. Miller-Loncar’s major research interest is the impact of parenting behavior on child outcomes, with a focus on creating parenting interventions that enhance child development in at-risk populations.  Populations of interest include preterm infants, infants with early regulatory problems, and children with drug-exposure histories.  Additional research interests include the relation of psychobiology and social development in children with autism and the interrelation among infant colic, feeding difficulties and family functioning.

Selected Publications

  • Miller-Loncar, C.L., Bigsby, R., High, P.C., Wallach, M., & Lester, B.M., (2004).  Infant colic and feeding difficulties.  Archives of Disease in Childhood, 89 (10), 908-912.
  • Miller-Loncar, C.L., Lester, B.M., Seifer, R. et al. (2005).  Predictors of motor development in children prenatally exposed to cocaine.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 27 (2), 213-220.
  • Landry, S.H., Miller-Loncar, C.L., Smith, K.E., & Swank, P.R.  (2002).  The role of early parenting in children’s development of executive processes.  Developmental Neuropsychology, 21 (1), 15-21.