Diane L. Holditch-Davis
Marcus Hobbs Professor of Nursing Emerita

Dr. Holditch-Davis has extensive experience using observational methods with infants, young children and their families to measure parent-child interactions and infant sleep. Her research focuses on parenting premature infants, predicting the risk for later developmental disabilities in high-risk infants, and the effects of complications of prematurity on infant sleep-wake states. She is principal investigator on a study investigating a nursing support intervention for mothers of preterm infants. The goal of this intervention is to reduce developmental delays and health problems by improving maternal mental health and by getting mothers to use more early intervention and health services for their infants. Dr. Holditch-Davis’ is also principal investigator on a study examining the short-and long-term effects of two maternally administered interventions - the auditory-tactile-visual-vestibular intervention and kangaroo care, for very low-birthweight preterms.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • Box 3322 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
  • Room 4151 Pearson Bldg, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710

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