Janet DiPietro, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
Johns Hopkins Fetal Development Study: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-fetal-development-project/
PhD , Stanford University , 1982
As a developmental psychologist, my research centers on understanding the origins of human development, the interface between individual differences in development and physiology, and the implications of the prenatal period for postnatal life. My current research program, which has been ongoing for over 20 years, extends this interest to the human fetus. We use digitized assessment methods of measuring fetal neurobehavioral functioning to investigate the ontogeny of development with the ultimate goal of predicting clinical and developmental outcome from the fetal period. Within this context, we are further exploring the role of maternal factors, including substance exposure, maternal emotions, and physiological changes during pregnancy in mediating fetal development.
- Fetal development
- Infant development
- Child development
- Developmental psychophysiology
- Heart rate variability
- Fetal heart rate
- Fetal motor activity
- Maternal-child interaction
DiPietro, J.A., Voegtline, K.M., Costigan, K.A., Aguirre, F., Kivlighan, K., Chen, P. (2013). Physiological reactivity of pregnant women to evoked fetal startle. Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 75, 321-326.
Voegtline, K.M, Costigan, K. A., Pater, H. & DiPietro, J.A. (2013). Near-term fetal response to maternal spoken voice. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 526-533.
DiPietro, J. A., Davis, M.F., Barr, D.B. & Costigan, K.A. (2013 epub). Fetal heart rate and motor activity associations with maternal organochlorine levels: Results of an exploratory study. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology
DiPietro, J.A., Mendelson, T., Williams, E.L., & Costigan, K.A. (2012). Physiological blunting during pregnancy extends to induced relaxation. Biological Psychology, 89, 14-20. PMCID: 3212610
Jansson, L.M., DiPietro, J.A., Velez, M., Elko, A., Milio, L., O’Grady, K., & Jones, H. E. (2011), Fetal neurobehavioral effects of exposure to methadone or buprenorphine. Neurotoxicology & Teratology. 33, 240-3.
Selected publications over the last few years: