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Rosemarie Bigsby, ScD


Pediatrics - Developmental Disabilities/Behavior

Primary Affiliation:
Women & Infants Hospital

Brown Faculty Profile

Board Certified: Yes

Gender:  Female

English (US)

Education: Boston University

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Rosemary Bigsby, ScD, is coordinator of NICU services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU and Newborn Nurseries, as well as outpatient therapy services at the Center for Children and Families at Women & Infants Hospital.

Her career as a pediatric occupational therapist for more than four decades has included direct service, supervision, clinical education and research. She has had a career-long interest in infant development and is co-author of “Developmental and Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU,” a textbook for NICU professionals, and “The Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants,” an assessment tool for infants.

She has participated in a number of developmental studies, most recently “Effects of open-bay vs. single-room NICU on infant outcomes at discharge,” and is an invited member of the interdisciplinary Gravens Consensus Panel on Developmental Care, which is developing standards for family-centered, developmentally supportive care of infants in the NICU.

Her current focus is on improving outcomes for infants in the NICU through developmental assessment and interventions, and on developing an interdisciplinary approach to initiating and progressing breast and bottle feeding. Dr. Bigsby was awarded the Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award, 2015, National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) for “outstanding and enduring efforts as a forerunner in education, mentoring and innovation in the specialized field of neonatal therapy.”

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