Faculty Profile: Jean Twomey, MSW, PHD

Jean Twomey, MSW, PHD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research), Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Research)
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Department of Pediatrics
Work: +1 401-277-3728
Dr. Twomey's research interests include developmental outcomes of substance-exposed infants and the impact of infant colic and sleep on parental mental health.

Biography

Dr. Twomey has extensive clinical experience in early childhood. She provides therapy to children and their families through the Behavior and Development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep Clinics at the Women and Infants Center for Children and Families. She has worked with families affected by perinatal substance use through research, program development and treatment. Her research interests include parenting abilities of substance-using women, developmental outcomes of substance-exposed infants with child welfare involvement, and the impact of infant behavioral difficulties on parental mental health. Dr. Twomey has been involved on longitudinal studies examining prenatal substance exposure and child outcomes. She was co-principal investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant examining families who participated in the RI Family Treatment Drug Court. In 2010, she was named Social Worker of the Year in Children & Families by the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Institutions

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Research Description

Co-investigator on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded grant, After ASFA: Outcome of the Rhode Island Family Treatment Drug Court,that studies the trajectories of substance-using parents and their children's developmental outcome over the course of the 18 months following graduation from FTDC.
Co-investigator on the Maternal Lifestyle Study (MLS) and Infant Development, Environment, and Lifestyle (IDEAL) study, longitudinal, multi-site projects on the effects of prenatal substance exposure on child development. Dr. Twomey's contributions included developing and supervising efforts to maintain high compliance in these high-risk populations. Currently Dr. Twomey serves as co-investigator on the Improving Outcomes in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)study, focusing on study participants' retention.

Grants and Awards

Social Worker of the Year in Children and Families, presented by Rhode Island Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, June 23, 2010

National Collaborative Leadership Award, presented by Children and Families Futures and National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, September 2011

Affiliations

Families First RI, Moms for Moms Board of Directors (5/13 ÃÆ'Æ'Ã'Ã'¢ÃÆ'Ã'¢'Ã'Ã'¬ÃÆ'Ã'¢Ã¢ââ'¬Å¡Ã'¬Ã…ââ'¬Å" present)
Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (1990-2007)
National Association of Social Workers
Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health RIAIMH Board of Directors (2/09 ÃÆ'Æ'Ã'Ã'¢ÃÆ'Ã'¢'Ã'Ã'¬ÃÆ'Ã'¢Ã¢ââ'¬Å¡Ã'¬Ã…ââ'¬Å" present)
Society for Research in Child Development (2003- 2010)
Society for Social Work and Research
World Association for Infant Mental Health

Funded Research

Methamphetamine Exposure and Child Development (RO1 DA14948) National Institute on Drug Abuse, $6,574,167, 5 years, September 2001 to August 2007. Co-Investigator.
After ASFA: Outcome of the Rhode Island Family Treatment Drug Court. Robert Wood Johnson Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. Co-investigator (B. Lester, PI). November 2004 - October 2007.
Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure and Child Development in New Zealand and USA, (RO1 DA021757) National Institute on Drug Abuse, $1,916,344, 5 years, September 5, 2007- August 31, 2013. Co-Investigator.
Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure and School Aged Outcome (RO1 DA14948) National Institute on Drug Abuse, $7,502,249, 5 years, September 2007 to November 2013. Co- Investigator.
Maternal Lifestyle Study 13-15 Year Follow-Up (U10 DA 024199-02S2) National Institute on Drug Abuse, $1,618,964. 3.6 years, April 2008 to March 2013. Co- Investigator.
Improving Outcome in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RO1DA032889) National Institute on Drug Abuse Subaward $139,235. 5 years, July 2013-June 2018. Co-Investigator.

Teaching Experience

Teach residents during their Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Rotation, focusing on prenatal substance exposure and child developmental outcomes.

Co-attend the Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep Clinic, teaching medical students, residents, fellows and allied health professional about treatment of colic and sleep problems from a family perspective.

Selected Publications

  • (2013). American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83, 64-72. (2013)
  • Twomey, J. E., High, P., & Lester, B. M. (2012). Colic: What's maternal mental health got to do with it? (2012)
  • Salisbury, A. L., High, P., Twomey, J. E., Dickstein, S., Chapman, H., Liu, J., & Lester, B. M. (2012). A (2012)
  • Woldt, E., Nelson, J. A., & Fleishman, D., & Alexander, B. (2012). Maintaining participation and (2012)
  • Twomey, J. E., Caldwell, D., Soave, R., Andreozzi Fontaine, L., & Lester, B. M. (2011). A care (2011)
  • Twomey, J. E., Miller-Loncar, C., Hinckley, M. & Lester, B. M. (2010). After family treatment drug (2010)
  • Twomey, J.E. (2007). Partners of perinatal substance users: Forgotten, failing, or fit to father? American (2007)
  • DellaGrotta, S., Roberts, M., Dansereau, L., Neal, C., Lester, B. Prenatal methamphetamine exposure, ()
  • Twomey, J. E., LaGasse, L., Derauf, C., Newman, E., Shah, R., Smith, L. M., Arria, Al, Huestis, M., ()
  • Infant Mental Health Journal, 33, 543-552. ()
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  • momentum in longitudinal research involving high-risk families. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44, 120- ()
  • Grazzitoti, A., Hammond, J., Messinger, D. S., Bann, C. M., Miller-Loncar, C., Twomey, J. E., Bursi, C., ()
  • Journal, 33, 110 – 122. ()
  • randomized control trial of integrated care for families managing infant colic. Infant Mental Health ()
  • 90, 115-133. ()
  • coordination program for substance-exposed newborns with child welfare involvement. Child Welfare, ()
  • court: Maternal, infant and permanency outcomes. Child Welfare, 89, 23-41. ()
  • Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77, 563-572. ()
  • home environment and primary caregiver risk factors predict child behavior problems at five years. ()