Non-Nutritive Suck in Full-Term Infants and Developmental Outcome at 12 months

April 13, 2023 12:15 pm

Presentation Summary

The goal of the proposed research is to determine the association between infant non-nutritive suck (NNS) dynamics at 3 months and developmental outcomes at 12 months of age in full-term infants. Findings from this work compliment emerging research showing that infant NNS is associated with subsequent cognition and neurodevelopment.

Learning Objective

Describe the association between infant non nutritive suck and developmental outcomes.


  • Alaina Martens

    Alaina Martens MS, CCC-SLP

    Alaina Martens is a 3rd year PhD Candidate under the supervision of Dr. Emily Zimmerman at Northeastern University. She graduated in 2018 with her M.S. in SLP from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed her B.S. in SLP at Texas Christian University. During her dissertation, Alaina plans to examine sucking and feeding development in special populations of infants. She is passionate about improving developmental outcomes for infants with feeding disorders.

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  • Morgan Hines

    Morgan Hines BS

    Morgan Hines is a staff member of Northeastern University. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and English combined and has worked in the Speech and Neurodevelopment for several years.

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  • Emily Zimmerman

    Emily Zimmerman PhD, CCC-SLP

    Emily Zimmerman is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northeastern University. She directs the Speech & Neurodevelopment Lab, which examines the cross-section of sucking, feeding and speech emergence across environmental, maternal, physiological, and genetic factors. Emily is the Principal investigator on several NIH grants examining these themes across patient populations.

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