Susan Spieker PhD
I began my career at UW as a postdoctoral fellow with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Network on the Transition from Infancy to Early Childhood. My scholarship has been focused on the development of infants and young children under conditions of adversity, and on refining and testing prevention and intervention programs to promote nurturing parent-child relationships in families experiencing adversity and/or coping with a child’s atypical development. My research experience spans projects on infant child care and attachment, adolescent childbearing and child and family development, and randomized trials on prevention and intervention in Early Head Start and child welfare. I have been an investigator or principal investigator on over twenty federal grants, three of them focused on Promoting First Relationship®. My current major study, funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development, is Collaborative Perinatal Mental Health and Parenting Support in Primary Care, 2015-2020, is a randomized control trial studying the effectiveness of adding Promoting First Relationship® to perinatal mental health treatment for low income English and Spanish-speaking mothers.
- PhD, Cornell University, 1982
What classes do you teach?
- NSG 432 Infants and Young Children: Risk and resilience
- NSG 537 Development and Psychopathology: Parents & Infants
- NURS548 Frameworks in Infant Mental Health
- NURS 569 Reflective Practice, Consultation and Supervision
What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?
I love that so many faculty, staff and students are deeply caring and supportive of each other during challenging times.
DepartmentFamily and Child Nursing
- Health Equity
- Lifespan Health