Susan M. Ludington, PhD, CNM, FAAN

Susan M. Ludington.



Phone: 216.368.5130


Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing

Research Interests

  • Kangaroo Care
  • Physiologic Responses to Skin-to-Skin Care
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Early Development Issues
  • Infant Obesity

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, "Effect of Skin Contact on Electrophysiologic Sleep in Preterm Infants," National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Nursing Research, 5 RO1 NR04926, 2000-2005.
  • Principal Investigator, "Kangaroo Care to Blunt Pain in Premature Infants," National Institute of Health and National Institute of Nursing Research, RO3 NR08587, 2003-2005.
  • Principal Investigator, "Antenatal Lactation Education for High-Risk African American Mothers and Mother's Milk," RIG, 2003-2004.

Training Projects

  • Core Faculty, "Childbearing, Childrearing, Caregiving Research Training," May Wykle, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Health, T32 NR07108.
  • Core Faculty, "Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Advanced Education Program," Donna Dowling, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, HP-00263-01, 2001-2004.

Education Interests

  • Neonatal Nursing
  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Nurse-Midwifery

Educational Background

  • BS, Cell Biology, Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • BS, Nursing, University of California at San Francisco, CA
  • MS, Maternal-Child Health, University of California at San Francisco, CA
  • PhD, Nursing/Child Development, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
  • Certificate, Nurse Midwife, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, New York, NY

Recent Publications

  • Ludington-Hoe SM, Gittner LS, Haller HS. (2013). A pilot study: Does obesity begin in the first year of life? Clinical Pediatrics, 52(6), June 2013, 503-508.
  • Cong, X., Ludington, S. M. (2011). Effect of Kangaroo Care on pain scores and cortisol: Randomized cross-over trial. Biological Research for Nursing, 13(2), 204-216.
  • Scher, M. S., Johnson, M. W., Ludington, S. M., Loparo, K. (2011). Physiologic Brain Dysmaturity in Late Preterm Infants. Pediatric Research.
  • Ludington, S. M. (2011). Thirty years of kangaroo care science and practice. Neonatal Network, 30(5), 357-62.
  • Cong, X., Ludington, S. M., Walsh, S. (2011). Randomized crossover trial of kangaroo care to reduce biobehavioral pain responses in preterm infants: a pilot study. Biologic Research for Nursing, 13(2), 204-16.
  • Abouelfettoh, A. A., Ludington, S. M., Visscher, M., Burant, C. J., Cartner, T. (2011). Effect of  skin-to-skin contact on preterm infant skin barrier function and hospital-acquired infection. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, 3(1), 36-46.
  • Ludington, S. M. (2011). Physiologic Effects of Kangaroo Care: Comprehensive Review in Contemporary Women’s Health Reviews(3rd ed., vol. 7, pp. 243-253).

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