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
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.
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
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,
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.
National Science Foundation Grant - a $647,000 grant to fund
scholarships and innovative science education programming for Saint
Joseph’s College Science Scholars Program.(2017)
The College Faculty Professorship Grant - $3,000 for each of two years to conduct research in the new Social Sciences Lab in Alfond Hall on the impact of technology on infant and child development. (2017)
Steiner Young Investigator Award 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. (2012)