About Dr. Hussey-Gardner, the Author of PPOD™
Dr. Hussey-Gardner has
more than 25 years of research and clinical experience with infants,
toddlers, and their families. Currently, Dr. Hussey-Gardner is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland
School of Medicine where she is the Director of Maryland’s PRIDE. Since
2000, Dr. Hussey-Gardner has received over $1.6 million dollars in grants to
operate and study this program which provides early intervention services in
collaboration with the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), NICU Follow-Up
Clinic, and general pediatrics clinic at the University of Maryland Hospital.
She is also the coordinator of the NICU Follow-Up Clinic where she oversees
more than 1,000 patient visits per year. In addition, she is the
developmental specialist in the NICU.
Hussey-Gardner also holds adjunct positions with the Psychology Department at
the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Special Education
Department at the University of Maryland College Park where she teaches
graduate and undergraduate courses on developmental psychology, parenting,
children with disabilities, early intervention, and infants born prematurely.
Anonymous student reviews consistently rank her as one of the top instructors
at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Author & Presenter.
Hussey-Gardner has been the author or co-author of 11 articles published in
peer-reviewed journals and she has co-authored 2 textbook chapters. In
addition, she has given 106 invited speeches at national, regional, and local
conferences; 69 peer-reviewed, national and regional presentations; and has
participated in 24 television, radio, magazine or internet interviews
regarding child development. In addition, Dr. Hussey-Gardner has developed
and published a number of resources that are used by professionals serving
infants and toddlers, and by the families themselves. These publications
include: Understanding My Signals: Help for Parents of Premature Infants
(currently in its third edition), Taking Care of Me: Help for Parents of New
Babies, Parenting to Make a Difference: Your One to Four Year Old Child, and
Best Beginnings: Helping Parents Make a Difference
. She is also the
creator of the Best Beginnings Developmental Screen
criterion-referenced tool for screening developmental milestone attainment
and quality of performance in adaptive, social-emotional, fine motor,
cognitive, language, and gross motor domains of children from birth to 39
months of age.
has a history of advocating for children with developmental delays in
Maryland. She has been a member of the Maryland State Interagency
Coordinating Council since 2006, an Executive Board member since 2007, and in
2011 she became the Chair of this council whose job is to advise and assist
the early childhood intervention and education system of services in
Maryland. At the state level, she has conducted research to substantiate and
change high probability conditions for early intervention eligibility in
Maryland. Her research led to inclusion of infants with chronic lung disease
and surgical necrotizing entereocolitis. In addition, Dr. Hussey-Gardner led
the effort to create the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program
, released in 2009. Locally, Dr. Hussey-Gardner
has been a member of the Baltimore City Interagency Coordinating Council
since 1996 and was the Chairperson from 1997-2001.
is the mother of Austin Gardner who is now 22 years old and in graduate
school. She and her husband fondly remember when he learned to sleep through
the night, say “I love you.” and use the toilet all by himself.