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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Madalynn Neu, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor


Madalynn Neu

Madalynn.Neu@ucdenver.edu

Madalynn Neu’s research interests encompass infant emotional development and regulation and factors that likely impact emotional development, such as prematurity, illness, mother-infant interaction, stress, and genetics. She has had several funded research grants to study kangaroo holding, and she has numerous publications and presentations on the subject. Neu incorporates biomarkers of emotional regulation into her research, such as salivary cortisol, salivary amylase, and actigraphy. She has several publications on salivary cortisol in preterm infants. In the summer of 2008, Neu was one of 20 nurses selected to attend the Summer Genetics Institute sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research. She has recently completed research on sleep patterns in mothers of children with leukemia. She has also completed an NIH-funded R-21 to examine the benefits of massage for infants with gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD). Future research will build on findings of the R-21 to investigate more completely the mother-infant relationship and intervention options for infants with GERD, with the goal of broadening prevention and treatment for these infants. ​

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
Postdoctoral University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry Infant Emotional Development 1999-2001
PhD University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Nursing 1997
MS University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Nursing with Neonatal Nursing specialty 1992
BSN St Louis University Nursing 1978
  1. Matthews, E., Neu, M., Cook, P. F., King, N. (in press). Mother-child sleep patterns during maintenance therapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Oncology Nursing Forum.
  2. Neu, M., Schmiege, S., Pan, Z., Fehringer, K., Workman, R., Marchegianni-Howard, C., & Furuta, G. (2014). Interactions during feeding with mothers and their infants with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(6), 493-499. doi:10.1089/acm.2013.0223
  3. Neu, M., Matthews, E., King, N., Cook, P., & Laudenslager, M. L. (2014). Anxiety, depression, stress, and cortisol levels in mothers of children undergoing maintenance therapy for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 31, 104-113. doi: 10.1177/1043454213520346. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2014.01.002
  4. Neu, M., Matthews, E., & King, N. (2014). Exploring sleep-wake experiences of mothers during maintenance therapy for their child's acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2014.01.002
  5. Neu, M., Ehringer, M., & Marchegianni-Howard, C. (2014). Feasibility study for genetic testing and SNP analysis in infants. Open Journal of Nursing, 4, 67-73.
  6. Neu, M., Hazel, N. A., Robinson, J., Schmiege, S., & Laudenslager, M. L. (2014). Effect of holding on co-regulation in preterm infants: A randomized controlled trial. Early Human Development, 90, 141-147. http://aughors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0378378214000176
  7. Neu, M. (2013). An innovative investigation into the etiology of feeding intolerance in preterm infants. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 58(1), 4-5.
  8. Neu, M., Pan, Z., Workman, R., Furuta, G., Marcheggiani-Howard, C., & Laudenslager, M. (2013). Benefits of massage therapy for infants with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Biological Research for Nursing. doi:10.1177/1099800413516187
  9. Neu, M., Robinson, J., & Schmiege, S. (2013). Influence of holding practice on preterm infant development. American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 38, 136-143. doi:10.1097/NMC.Ob013e31827ca68c
  10. Neu, M., Corwin, E., Lareau, S. C., & Marcheggiani-Howard, C. (2012). A review of nonsurgical treatment for the symptom of irritability in infants with GERD. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17, 177-192. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00310.x
  11. Neu, M. & Robinson, J. (2010) Maternal holding of preterm infants during the early weeks after birth and dyad interaction at 6 months. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 39, 401-414. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2010.01152.x
  12. Neu, M., Laudenslager, M.L., & Robinson, J. (2009). Co-Regulation in Salivary Cortisol During Maternal Holding of Preterm Infants. Biological Research for Nursing, 10, 226-240.
  13. Neu, M. & Robinson, J. (2008). Early Weeks After Preterm Birth as Experienced by Latina Adolescents. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 33, 32-39.
  14. Neu, M., Goldstein, M., Gao, D., & Laudenslager, M. L. (2007). Salivary costisol in preterm infants: Validation of a simple method for collecting saliva for cortisol determination. Journal of Early Human Development, 83, 47-54.
  15. Neu. M. & Holloway N. (2005). Infant Holding and Decibel Levels. [Abstract]. 7th International Family Nursing Conference, Victoria, BC, Canada
  16. Neu, M. (2004). Kangaroo care: Is it for everyone. Neonatal Network, 23(5), 47-54.
  17. Neu, M., & Laudenslager, M. (2004). Diurnal Salivary Cortisol Patterns of Mothers and Their Infants Born at Term and Prematurely [Abstract]. Proceedings of the International Conference on Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.
  18. Neu, M., & Fuller, B. F. (2003). Confounding factors in infant pain assessment during recovery room anesthesia. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 8, 45-51.
  19. Neu, M., & Robinson, J. (2003). Infants with colic: Their childhood characteristics. The Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 18, 12-20.
  20. Neu, M., & Laudenslager, M. L. (2003). Salivary cortisol as a method of assessing stress in the NICU: The filter paper collection method [Abstract]. Proceedings of the Physical and Developmental Environment of the High-Risk Infant.
  21. Neu, M. (2002). Mother-infant salivary cortisol levels and maternal behavior during two holding methods in the neonatal intensive care nursery [Abstract], Proceedings of the 9th International Pediatric Nursing Research Symposium, 31.
  22. Neu, M. (2002). Mothers' choice of holding method: Influencing factors [Abstract], Proceedings of the Physical and Developmental Environment of High-Risk Infant, 213.
  23. Neu, M., & Keefe, M. (2002). Characteristics of school-aged children who had colic as infants: Mothers' views. Journal of the Society of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 7(1), 24-33.
  24. Neu, M., & Laudenslager, M. (2002). Effect of holding on cortisol levels of mothers and their preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care nursery [Abstract], Proceedings of the International Conference on Infant Studies.
  • Principal Investigator, Feasibility Study to Assess Maternal-Infant Emotional Availability and Infant Stress during Feeding. Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, University of Colorado, $4,000.
  • Principal Investigator, Feasibility Study to Assess Maternal-Infant Emotional Availability and Infant Stress during Feeding. University of Colorado College of Nursing, Intramural Fund, $10,000.
  • Principal Investigator, Massage Therapy for Infants with Symptoms of GERD. NIH National Institute for Nursing Research, R21 NR011069, $229,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Maternal Sleep Patterns and Stress During Pediatric Leukemia Treatment. Child and Maternal Health Program of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. 2009-2010, Funded.
  • PI, Enhancing Infant Emotional Regulation: Two Holding Methods, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2001–2006, Funded.
  • PI, Enhancing Infant Emotional Regulation: Two Holding Methods, Administrative Supplement, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2003–2005, Funded.
  • PI, Infant Holding, Salivary Cortisol and Development, Pediatric General Clinical Research Center, University of Colorado. 2003–2005, Funded.
  • PI, Development of Synchronous Cortisol Circadian Rhythm in Mothers and Their Preterm Infants, University of Colorado College of Nursing, Intramural Grant. 2003–2005, Funded.
  • PI, Mother-infant Attunement and Psychophysiologic and Emotional Regulation of the Preterm Infant, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Kappa Chapter-at-large. 2003, Funded.
  • PI, Diurnal Patterns of Salivary Cortisol in Preterm Infants, Newborn Hope. 2002–2004, Funded.

2013 MCN Research Paper of the Year, presented for article by Neu, M., Robinson, J., & Schmiege, S. (2013). Influence of holding practice on preterm infant development. American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 38, 136-143. doi:10.1097/NMC.Ob013e31827ca68c

​Best of JOGNN Writing Award, presented for article by Neu, M. & Robinson, J. (2010). Maternal holding of preterm infants during the early weeks after birth and dyad interaction at 6 months. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 39, 401-414.