Roberta Pineda

Roberta "Bobbi" Pineda, PhD, OTR/L 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 interventions to optimize outcomes, improving therapy delivery after discharge, neonatal feeding, and neonatal product development.  Bobbi is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.  She has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals.  She is a certified trainer of the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), is certified in the advanced use of Prechtl's General Movement Assessment (GMA) and is certified in the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment (NOMAS).  She developed the Neonatal Eating Outcome (NEO) Assessment and the Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE) guideline that informs appropriate sensory exposures across postmenstrual age for preterm infants in the NICU.  She also invented a new bottle technology, the Preemie-Pacer.  Bobbi is co-chair of  the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (NTNCB).  She is the mother of 3 prematurely born children.  Disclosure: Financial: Bobby Pineda receives a speaking fee from Education Resources for this course and has a financial relationship with Washington University, Preemie-Pacer, LLC, Brown University, NNNS  and NTNCB.   Non-Financial: She has nonfinancial relationships with NTNCB/Nant.

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.

We are thrilled to announce that our esteemed faculty member Bobbi Pineda was recently awarded the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) Excellence in Research Award 

Roberta's Courses:

Assessment and Intervention with the High Risk Infant in the NICU and During the Transition to Home


"This was an amazing course. There was a broad range of abilities and all 3 disciplines that Bobbi had to speak to, and she did a fabulous job. I learned so much and look forward to implementing it when I get home and have time to process it all. Thank you!"
- G. Piske, SLP

"Great course!! Bobbi is a great teacher and a wealth of knowledge for anyone working in the NICU." - S. Sheppard, OT

"I am thankful that Dr. Pineda came to Central Texas. She is very knowledgeable. The presentation was excellent and well organized. I found every piece of the conference practical for daily work in the NICU. Whether a clinician is new to the NICU or experienced, this conference is worth one's time!" - J. Togami, SLP