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Marion Young began her graduate career at West Virginia University, investigating night-waking symptoms among six-month-old infants and how these symptoms were associated with maternal depression. Later, she joined the Sleep and Sleep Disorders Lab and was primarily involved with a project investigating sleep patterns of prematurely born infants. She investigated risk symptoms (i.e., snoring) for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in this population, a topic she pursued further in her doctoral dissertation.

Professor Young’s expertise and training in infant and maternal protocols among at-risk populations, including numerous child assessments, helped prepare her for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk, affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and Women and Infants’ Hospital in Providence, RI, and her love of teaching led her to serve as an adjunct instructor at Roger Williams University. Her post-doctoral work primarily focused on the impact of maternal obesity and depression on fetal, infant, and child developmental outcomes.

Professor Young’s research interests include maternal obesity, maternal depression, epigenetics, and the impact on the neurobehavioral development of infants and children. Outside of work, she is an avid traveler, swimmer/boater, and a movie aficionado.

Publications 

Young, M.E., & Salisbury, A.L.(2012). The impact of maternal obesity on early infant behavior. Manuscript in preparation for submission to the Scientific World Journal special issue on “Nutritional Influences on Early Growth and Later Health Outcomes.”

Bloomhardt, H., Young, M.E., Salisbury, AL, Sleep state development in early infants after prenatal exposure to maternal depression and antidepressant medication use. Sleep, 2012 35:A362.

Singer-Clark, T., Young, M.E., Salisbury, AL, Fetal complex movement patterns associated with behavioral arousal are related to later infant neurodevelopment. Sleep, 2012 35:A362.

Young, M.E., & Salisbury, A.L. Sleep quality in SRI treated and untreated maternal depression. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), Abstract published in the Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorders Research, 2011, 34, Abstract Supplement.

>Kidwell, S.L., Young, M.E., Hinkle, L.D., Ratliff, A.D., Marcum, M.E., & Martin, C.N. (2010). Emotional competence and behavior problems: Differences across preschool assessment of attachment classifications. Child Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry, 15, 391-406.

Montgomery-Downs, H.E., Young, M.E., Ross, M.A., Polak, M.J., Ritchie, S.K., & Lynch, S.K. (2010). Sleep-disordered breathing symptom prevalence and growth among prematurely born infants. Sleep Medicine, 11, 263-267.

Karraker, K. H., & Young, M.E., (2007). Night waking in 6-month-old infants and maternal depressive symptoms. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 28, 493-498.

Awards

Steiner Young Investigator Award (April, 2012) from The North American Society For Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology for the paper entitled: The Impact of Maternal Obesity and Depression on Early Infant Behavior.