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The work of my group has focused on the problems of poor immigrant families living in urban environments. We have studied the effects of family homelessness on growth of development and health status of children. We have looked at the effect of environmental toxins, such as lead, on early childhood development. And we have tested low-intensity clinic-based interventions that have the potential to improve early childhood language and cognitive development as well as parent-child interactions. To find out more about our important NIH-funded research, go to http://pediatrics.med.nyu.edu/developmental/research/the-belle-project
Recently, we have begun looking at the effect of media violence on child behavior, and have begun to test interventions to decrease childhood obesity through a focus on parenting in early childhood. Finally, we are looking at novel methods to improve parent understanding by the use of pictograms and plain language materials to communicate with parents with low health literacy.
Major Areas of Investigation*Interventions to promote cognitive and language development in early childhood among poor children.
*Prevention of childhood obesity.
*The effect of media violence on early childhood behavior.
*Health literacy of parents and children and its effect on patient outcomes, as well as interventions to improve patient outcomes in families with low health literacy
Infant Sleep and Parent Health Literacy
Bathory, Eleanor; Tomopoulos, Suzy; Rothman, Russell; Sanders, Lee; Perrin, Eliana M; Mendelsohn, Alan; Dreyer, Benard; Cerra, Maria; Yin, H Shonna. Infant Sleep and Parent Health Literacy. Academic pediatrics. 2016 Mar 12;16(6):550-557 (2031952)
Leveraging Healthcare to Promote Responsive Parenting: Impacts of the Video Interaction Project on Parenting Stress
Cates, Carolyn Brockmeyer; Weisleder, Adriana; Dreyer, Benard P; Johnson, Samantha Berkule; Vlahovicova, Kristina; Ledesma, Jennifer; Mendelsohn, Alan L. Leveraging Healthcare to Promote Responsive Parenting: Impacts of the Video Interaction Project on Parenting Stress. Journal of child & family studies. 2016 Mar;25(3):827-835 (2179512)
Global Sustainable Development Starts With Investment in the Early Brain Development of Children
Dreyer, Benard P. Global Sustainable Development Starts With Investment in the Early Brain Development of Children. Pediatrics (1948). 2016 Mar 14;137(4):?-? (2031912)
Child Poverty in the United States Today: Introduction and Executive Summary
Dreyer, Benard; Chung, Paul J; Szilagyi, Peter; Wong, Shale. Child Poverty in the United States Today: Introduction and Executive Summary. Academic pediatrics. 2016 Apr;16(3 Suppl):S1-S5 (2065492)
A Practical Guide to Writing and Reviewing Abstracts for Pediatric Academic Meetings
Glick, Alexander F; Szilagyi, Peter G; Freed, Gary L; Hanson, Janice L; Dreyer, Benard P. A Practical Guide to Writing and Reviewing Abstracts for Pediatric Academic Meetings. Hospital pediatrics. 2016 Jun ;6(6):369-373 (2112382)