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Dr. Duncan's main research interest is in long-term medical and neurodevelopmental outcomes of NICU graduates. She evaluates executive functioning and brain connectivity in high-risk infants and infants with cerebral palsy and researches parenting style in high-risk infant development.
Dr. Duncan joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2019. She is the principal investigator for Neurodevelopmental Follow-up for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia site of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development Neonatal Research Network, as well as the principal investigator for the CHOP site of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Early Detection of Cerebral Palsy (CP) Network.
Dr. Duncan's main research interest is in long-term medical and neurodevelopmental outcomes of NICU graduates. This has included previous research in the effects of very-low-birth weight and postnatal growth on blood pressure during the first three years of life, the role of ethnic and social factors on Bayley Scales of Infant Development Cognitive and Language Scale scores in children born extremely premature, the effect of parenting style on self-regulation in children born preterm, the correlation of neuroimaging with outcomes in children born extremely preterm, motor outcomes in high-risk children, and the effects of implementation of the international guidelines for early assessment for CP on diagnoses and outcomes in high risk infants.
Her current research involves evaluation of executive functioning and brain connectivity in high-risk infants and infants with CP, parenting style in high risk infant development, and the use of implementation science to translate evidence to practice.
Prior to joining CHOP, Dr. Duncan was a clinical scientist faculty member and mentor at the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Houston McGovern Medical School.
Education and Training
BA, University of Texas at Austin (Humanities), 1998
MD, University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, 2002
MS, University of New Mexico (Clinical Research), 2011
Titles and Academic Titles
Medical Director, Neonatal Follow-up Program
Associate Professor of Pediatric
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003-
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2011-
Society for Pediatric Research, 2015-
Graduate Student of Excellence Award, University of New Mexico, 2010-2011
Selected for the first class of the University of New Mexico 2-year Medical Leadership Academy, University of New Mexico, 2012-2014
Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award Nominee, University of New Mexico, 2012
2 year (PRIDE) Program to Increase Diversity in Behavioral Medicine Research Scholar, National Institute of Health and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, 2012-2014
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Awardee, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Conference, 2013
Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award Nominee, University of New Mexico, 2013
University of New Mexico Limited Competition Winner - Dana Foundation Neuroimaging Grant, University of New Mexico, 2013
Scientific Review Early Career Reviewer Awardee, National Institute of Health Center, 2014
Mid-Career Minority Faculty Development Program, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), 2015
PRIDE Mentor Development Program, National Institute of Health and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, 2017-2018