Samantha Butler PhD

Samantha C. Butler, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-7483

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Infant Neurodevelopment
  • Cardiac Neurodevelopment
  • Family Guidance and Support

Departments

  • Psychiatry

Programs

  • Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
  • Neurobehavioral Infant and Child Studies Laboratory
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Samantha Butler PhD

Philosophy of Care 

I am dedicated to the refinement of comprehensive neurodevelopmental services for the high-risk fetus, newborn, child and family, while also working toward enhancing scientific inquiry and dissemination of evidence-based models to improve patient care hospital wide.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate Degree

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1993

Graduate School

Boston University, 1994

Boston, MA

Doctorate; PhD, Developmental Psychology

Boston University, 1999

Boston, MA

Clinical Psychology

Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology, 2007

Certifications

  • Psychology

Professional History

As an academic pediatric psychologist, the focus of my work has been directed at improving the quality of hospital care and long-term outcomes for high-risk infants, young children and their families through clinical innovation and investigation. My interest lay in promoting resilience and adaption in medically compromised youth through intervention for children, their families, and the health care environment.  In collaboration with Dr. Heidelise Als’ and the Neurobehavioral Infant and Child Studies research team at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), we develop, implement, and disseminate information on Newborn Individualized Development Care and Assessment Program (NICAP), an approach which improves outcomes for children born preterm. In addition, as part of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program (CNP), I work to enhance the clinical care of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) through development of a neurodevelopmental service in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), providing inpatient neurodevelopmental consultation, infant/family assessment and therapeutic intervention as part of routine CICU care delivery.

Publications

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  1. Butler SC, O'Sullivan LP, Shah BL, Berthier NE. Preference for infant-directed speech in preterm infants. Infant Behav Dev. 2014 Nov; 37(4):505-11.
  2. McAnulty G, Duffy FH, Kosta S, Weisenfeld NI, Warfield SK, Butler SC, Alidoost M, Bernstein JH, Robertson R, Zurakowski D, Als H. School-age effects of the newborn individualized developmental care and assessment program for preterm infants with intrauterine growth restriction: preliminary findings. BMC Pediatr. 2013; 13:25.
  3. Als H, Duffy FH, McAnulty G, Butler SC, Lightbody L, Kosta S, Weisenfeld NI, Robertson R, Parad RB, Ringer SA, Blickman JG, Zurakowski D, Warfield SK. NIDCAP improves brain function and structure in preterm infants with severe intrauterine growth restriction. J Perinatol. 2012 Oct; 32(10):797-803.
  4. Als H, Duffy FH, McAnulty GB, Fischer CB, Kosta S, Butler SC, Parad RB, Blickman JG, Zurakowski D, Ringer SA. Is the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) effective for preterm infants with intrauterine growth restriction? J Perinatol. 2011 Feb; 31(2):130-6.
  5. McAnulty GB, Duffy FH, Butler SC, Bernstein JH, Zurakowski D, Als H. Effects of the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) at age 8 years: preliminary data. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Mar; 49(3):258-70.
  6. Butler S, Als H. Individualized developmental care improves the lives of infants born preterm. Acta Paediatr. 2008 Sep; 97(9):1173-5.
  7. Keen, R. Berthier, N., Sylvia, M., Butler, S., Prunty, P., and Baker, R. Toddlers' use of cues in a search task. Infant and Child Development. Infant and Child Development. 2008; 10(1002):online publication.
  8. Als H, Butler S. Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP): Changing the Future for Infants and Families in Intensive and Special Care Nurseries. Early Childhood Services. 2008; 2(1):1-19.
  9. Butler, S. , Als, H. Individualized Developmental Care Improves the Lives of Infants Born Preterm. Acta Pediatrica. In Press, 2008. 2008; 97(9).
  10. Als H, Butler S. . Die Pflege des Neugeborenen: Die frühe Gehirnentwicklung und die Bedeutung von frühen Erfahrungen. Brisch HvKH, Hellbrügge T, eds. Der Säugling - Bindung, Neurobiologie und Gene. 2008; 44-87.
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  12. Als H, Butler S. . Screening of Newborn and Maternal Wellbeing. Haith M, Benson J, eds. Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development, Three Volume Set, 1-3. 2008; 67-76.
  13. Chen C, Friedman S, Butler S, Jeruss S, Terrin N, Tighiouart H, Ware J, Wilson JM, Parsons SK. Approaches to neurodevelopmental assessment in congenital diaphragmatic hernia survivors. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Jun; 42(6):1052-6; discussion 1056.
  14. Smith, K., Butler, S, Als, H. Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP): changing the future for infants and their families in intensive and special care nurseries. Italian Journal of Pediatrics. 2007; 33:79-91.
  15. Als H, Butler S, Kosta S, McAnulty G. The Assessment of Preterm Infants' Behavior (APIB): furthering the understanding and measurement of neurodevelopmental competence in preterm and full-term infants. Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2005; 11(1):94-102.
  16. Als H, Butler S. Neurobehavioral development of the preterm infant. Fanaroff Fanaroff and Martin's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Diseases of the Fetus and Infant. 2005; 1051-1068.
  17. Als H, Butler S, Kosta S, McAnulty GB. The Assessment of Preterm Infants’ Behavior (APIB): Furthering the Understanding and Measurement of Neurodevelopmental Competence in Preterm and Fullterm Infants. Mental Retardation & Dev Disabilities Research Rev. 2005; 11(1):94-102.
  18. Als H, Butler S. Neurobehavioral development of the preterm infant. Martin R, Fanaroff A, Walsh M, editors. Fanaroff and Martin's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Diseases of the Fetus and Infant. 2005; 2.
  19. Als H, Duffy FH, McAnulty GB, Rivkin MJ, Vajapeyam S, Mulkern RV, Warfield SK, Huppi PS, Butler SC, Conneman N, Fischer C, Eichenwald EC. Early experience alters brain function and structure. Pediatrics. 2004 Apr; 113(4):846-57.
  20. Als H, Gilkerson L, Duffy FH, McAnulty GB, Buehler DM, Vandenberg K, Sweet N, Sell E, Parad RB, Ringer SA, Butler SC, Blickman JG, Jones KJ. A three-center, randomized, controlled trial of individualized developmental care for very low birth weight preterm infants: medical, neurodevelopmental, parenting, and caregiving effects. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2003 Dec; 24(6):399-408.
  21. Butler SC, Als H, McAnulty GB, Duffy FH, Conneman N, Fischer C, Eichenwald E, Warfield S, Mulkern RV, Hüppi P, Rivken MJ. Effectiveness of individualized developmental care for preterm infants: Neurobehavioral and neurostructural evidence. 2003.
  22. Butler SC, Berthier NE, Clifton RK. Two-year-olds' search strategies and visual tracking in a hidden displacement task. Dev Psychol. 2002 Jul; 38(4):581-90.
  23. Vajapeyam S, Rivkin MJ, McAnulty G, Fischer C, Butler S, Conneman N, Wolraich D, Roberston RL, Mulkern RV, Maier SE, Als H. DTI study of the premature infant brain shows that change in diffusion properties of white matter may precede myelintation. 2002.
  24. Butler SC, O’Sullivan L . Contingency learning and retention in preterm infants. 2002.
  25. Caron AJ, Kiel EJ, Dayton M, Butler SC. Comprehension of the referential intent of looking and pointing between 12 and 15 months. J Cog Dev. 2002; 3(4):445-64.
  26. Rivkin M, Als H, McAnulty G, Butler S, Conneman N, Fischer C, Vajapeyam S, Molraich D, Mulkern RV. Prolonged T2* values in newborn vs adult brain: implications for fMRI studies of newborns. 2002.
  27. Butler SC, O’Sullivan L, Berthier NE, Clifton RK, Shah B. Motherese: Implications for its importance to preterm infants. 2002.
  28. Galler JR, Harrison RH, Ramsey F, Butler SC . Postpartum maternal mood and infant temperament in Barbados. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2002.
  29. Butler SC, Berthier NE, Clifton RK. Children’s searching for unseen events at 2 and 3 years. Dev Psychol. 2002; 38(4):581-90.
  30. Butler SC, O’Sullivan L, Shah B. Contingency learning and retention in preterm infants. 2002.
  31. Caron AJ, Butler SC, Brooks R. Gaze following at 12 and 14 months: Do the eyes matter?. British J Psychol. 2002; 20(2):225-40.
  32. Butler SC, Berthier N, Clifton R. Children’s searching for unseen events. 2001.
  33. Galler JR, Harrison RH, Ramsey F, Forde V, Butler SC. Maternal depressive symptoms affect infant cognitive development in Barbados. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2000 Sep; 41(6):747-57.
  34. Butler SC, Caron AJ, Brooks R. Infant understanding of the referential nature of looking. J Cog Dev. 2000; 1(4):359-77.
  35. Butler SC, Bigg MA, Harrison RH, Galler JR. . Maternal moods predict infant cognitive development. 1999.
  36. Butler SC, Caron AJ, Brooks R. Understanding the referential nature of looking at 14 and 18 months. 1999.
  37. Brooks R, Caron AJ, Butler SC. Infant comprehension of looking as intentional behavior. Infant comprehension of looking as intentional behavior. 1998.
  38. Brooks R, Caron AJ, Butler SC. . Infant comprehension of looking as intentional behavior. 1998.
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