Roberta "Bobbi" Pineda, is a renowned clinician and research scientist and dynamic speaker with an interest in developing interventions that can optimize neurodevelopmental outcomes in high risk newborn infants, specifically born prematurely. Bobbi has more than 20 years of clinical experience as a NICU based Occupational Therapist and has been involved in defining and implementing interventions with families and NICU staff to optimize outcomes. Her research has been focused on investigating the effects of the early neonatal intensive care unit environment on brain development. She has published many articles in peer reviewed journals. She is certified as a trainer on the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Assessment and is certified in the use of Prechtl's General Movement Assessment. Bobbi is the chair of the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board. She is the mother of 3 prematurely born children.
A study led by Bobbi Pineda, PhD, has documented the developmental differences between premature babies in the NICU and full-term babies. The research points to opportunities to intervene in the NICU, to improve preemies’ long-term outcomes.
Assessment and Intervention with the High Risk Infant in the NICU and During the Transition to Home