Emily Feinberg, ScD, CPNP
Adjunct Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Pediatrics

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MSc, Harvard School of Public Health
MSN, Simmons College
BSN, Boston University

Emily Feinberg, ScD, CPNP is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Boston University School of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences

I received my ScD and MSc from Harvard School of Public Health, my MSN in Parent-Child Nursing from Simmons College, and my BSN from Boston University.I am trained clinically as a pediatric nurse practitioner and continue to see patients at Dothouse Health, a federally qualified community health center in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.The focus of my research is improving systems of care for vulnerable children with complex conditions. I have a background in maternal and child health with specific training in the conduct of community-based experimental studies. I held a K23 award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to adapt and pilot a depression prevention intervention to mothers of children with developmental delays who receive early intervention services.Our research team has completed three large clinical trials to study this intervention as a depression prevention strategy among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mothers of poor children in Head Start, and mothers of preterm infants.

My current work focuses on addressing disparities in behavioral health outcomes experienced by low income children. My work seeks to improve systems of care for young children with ASD and other mental health conditions. I am co-directing a foundation-funded initiative, TEAM- UP for children, to implement an integrated child behavioral health model in community health centers and I have served as co-investigator on a study that tested a model of collaborative care management for children with ADHD. All of my work related to systems redesign has targeted urban, low-income families and been conducted in urban, safety net settings. Specific to ASD, I was a co-investigator on an MCHB-funded study of family navigation for children newly diagnosed with ASD and PI on 2 pilot grants (Noonan Foundation; AHRQ R03) to develop a model of family navigation to improve early identification of children with ASD. Based on this work, I received one of NIMH’s Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan awards to conduct a multisite Type 1 hybrid effectiveness/implementation to test a comprehensive systems approach, based on Family Navigation, to improve early identification and linkage to services of children with ASD. The five sites that were funded under this funding opportunity have formed the NIMH sponsored ASD PEDS Research Network. I am site PI of the newly funded Autism Center of Excellence network, Autism Adaptive Community-based Treatment to Improve Outcomes using Navigators (ACTION) Network. I have a long history of mentoring doctoral students, postdoctoral student and junior faculty. I have served as the served as the primary mentor/dissertation chair to over 20 mentees.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

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Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Early Identification and Service Linkage for Urban Children with Autism
08/25/2014 - 06/30/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Juvenille Court Mental Health Advocacy Project Evaluation
12/16/2014 - 11/30/2017 (PI)
Health Law Advocates

Education and outreach for Autism Spectrum Disorders: ASD Link
05/01/2014 - 04/30/2016 (Co-Investigator)
Genetic Alliance HHS HRSA

Healthy Start in Housing
09/01/2014 - 09/30/2015 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Healthy Start in Housing Collaboration
09/01/2013 - 06/30/2014 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Reducing Risk After an Adverse pregnancy Outcome: Addressing Maternal Depression During Internatal Periods
06/01/2010 - 05/31/2014 (PI)
March of Dimes

Family Navigation to Reduce Disparities in Timely Autism Diagnosis and Access to Early Intervention
03/01/2013 - 08/31/2013 (Subcontract PI)
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia HHS HRSA

Healthy Start in Housing Collaboration
10/01/2011 - 06/30/2013 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Center for Maternity Nurse Leadership Education
07/01/2003 - 06/30/2008 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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The Detection and Management of Maternal Depression in Pediatric Settings
08/01/2004 - 01/31/2007 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Optimizing a Paraprofessional, Family Partner Navigation Model for Children Diversity Supplement
06/12/2020 - 05/31/2024 (PI)
National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS

2/2-Testing the impact of early screening on the long-term outcomes of children with ASD
08/10/2022 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
University of Massachusetts / UMASS National Institute o

Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Families
07/30/2020 - 03/31/2022 (PI)
Boston University National Center For

PSE Training Certification
12/01/2020 - 09/30/2021 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

BRANCH Training
10/01/2020 - 09/30/2021 (PI)
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence” Administration for C

Autism Access Link for Early Referral and Treatment
08/01/2019 - 05/31/2021 (PI)
Oregon Health and Science University National Institute o

Upstreaming Housing for Health Project Evaluation
08/01/2020 - 03/31/2021 (PI)
Community Care Cooperative

Training for Boston Public Health Commission Healthy Start in Housing Public Health Advocates
01/01/2020 - 06/30/2020 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Bring Life Course Home: Improving Health through Housing Stability and Support
09/28/2013 - 06/30/2017 (PI)

Reducing Disparities in Timely Autism Diagnosis through Family Navigation
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2015 (PI)

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 Improving Preschool Outcomes by Addressing Maternal Depression in Head Start 5R01HD092456-04
2023 Collaborative Care Model for Perinatal Depression Support Services -- Population-Level Equity-Centered Systems Change (COMPASS-PLUS): A Hybrid Type 2 Cluster Randomized Trial 1R01NR021126-01
2022 Improving Preschool Outcomes by Addressing Maternal Depression in Head Start 7R01HD092456-03
2022 Optimizing a Paraprofessional, Family Partner Navigation Model for Children 5R01MH117123-05
2021 2/2-Testing the impact of early screening on the long-term outcomes of children with ASD 5R01MH121599-02
2021 Improving Preschool Outcomes by Addressing Maternal Depression in Head Start 5R01HD092456-02
2021 Optimizing a Paraprofessional, Family Partner Navigation Model for Children 5R01MH117123-04 2
2020 2/2-Testing the impact of early screening on the long-term outcomes of children with ASD 1R01MH121599-01
2020 Improving Preschool Outcomes by Addressing Maternal Depression in Head Start 1R01HD092456-01A1
2020 Optimizing a Paraprofessional, Family Partner Navigation Model for Children 3R01MH117123-03S1 2
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  1. Guastaferro K, Sheldrick RC, Strayhorn JC, Feinberg E. Operationalizing Primary Outcomes to Achieve Reach, Effectiveness, and Equity in Multilevel Interventions. Prev Sci. 2023 Dec 04. PMID: 38047992
  2. Guastaferro K, Sheldrick RC, Nunez-Pepen R, Ortiz M, Much-Hichos M, Trieu D, Broder-Fingert S, Feinberg E. Commentary: How Lay Health Workers in a Federally Qualified Community Health Center Filled a Critical Void in a Public Health Crisis. Fam Community Health. 2023 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):259-262. PMID: 37703514; PMCID: PMC10584361; DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000379;
  3. Feinberg E, Eilenberg JS. Role of Community Health Workers in Promoting Health Equity in Pediatrics. Acad Pediatr. 2024 Mar; 24(2):199-200. PMID: 37739310; PMCID: PMC10939957; DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2023.09.005;
  4. Mottl-Santiago J, Dukhovny D, Cabral H, Rodrigues D, Spencer L, Valle EA, Feinberg E. Effectiveness of an Enhanced Community Doula Intervention in a Safety Net Setting: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Health Equity. 2023; 7(1):466-476.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37731785; PMCID: PMC10507922; DOI: 10.1089/heq.2022.0200;
  5. Kim J, Bair-Merritt MH, Rosenberg J, Feinberg E, Morris A, Durham MP, Estela MG, Sheldrick RC. Changes Over Time in Outcomes of School-Age Children and Parents Receiving Integrated Mental Health Care in Federally Qualified Health Centers. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2023 Sep 01; 44(7):e493-e500.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37566878; PMCID: PMC10497205; DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000001203;
  6. Hill C, Justo S, Park H, Bair-Merritt M, Morris A, Feinberg E, Sheldrick RC. Pediatric Provider and Staff Burnout in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. J Ambul Care Manage. 2023 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):265-271.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37540093
  7. Sheldrick RC, Hooker JL, Carter AS, Feinberg E, Croen LA, Kuhn J, Slate E, Wetherby AM. The influence of loss to follow-up in autism screening research: Taking stock and moving forward. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2023 Jul 19. PMID: 37469104; PMCID: PMC10801774; DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.13867;
  8. Levinson J, Hickey E, Fuchu P, Chu A, Barnett M, Stadnick NA, Feinberg E, Broder-Fingert S. Recommendations for post-implementation adaptations to optimize family navigation in pediatric primary care: a qualitative study with parents and navigators. BMC Prim Care. 2023 Jun 16; 24(1):123. PMID: 37328810; PMCID: PMC10273746; DOI: 10.1186/s12875-023-02072-y;
  9. Buchanan G, Sullivan E, Berkel C, Breitenstein S, Feinberg E, Valado T, Willis D. Implementing Parenting Programs in Primary Care: A Framework and a Call for Action. Acad Pediatr. 2023; 23(7):1315-1325. PMID: 37088132
  10. Barnett ML, Salem H, Rosas YG, Feinberg E, Nunez-Pepen R, Chu A, Belmont-Ryu H, Matsuno E, Broder-Fingert S. Adapting Community Health Worker Care Models to Advance Mental Health Services Among LGBTQ Youth. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2023 Jul; 50(4):658-672. PMID: 37071315; PMCID: PMC10258167; DOI: 10.1007/s10488-023-01268-9;
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2013 Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network: Experienced Investigator Award
2006 Boston University School of Public Health: Teaching award, Women, Children and Adolescents: A Public Health Approach
1997-1999 Maternal Child Health Bureau: Recipient, doctoral training fellowship in economics and maternal and child health
1995 American Legion: Recipient, competitive scholarship
1995 Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society: Recipient, competitive scholarship
1994 American Legion: Recipient, competitive scholarship
1994 Massachusetts Nurses Foundation: Recipient, competitive scholarship
1994 Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society: Recipient, competitive scholarship
1986 Boston University School of Nursing: Valedictorian
1985 Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society: Recipient, competitive scholarship
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