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Elizabeth Brownell, PhD, MA

Practice Name Connecticut Children's Specialty Group

BA, Saint Lawrence Univeristy, 1999
MA, University of Wales, 2002
PhD, University of Rochester, 2012

Faculty Appointment

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Brownell is a Perinatal Epidemiologist specializing in human milk research and the Director of the Connecticut Human Milk Research Center. Dr. Brownell has significant expertise in study design, research methods, data analysis and dissemination of study results. Current areas of inquiry include the effect of donor milk, the macronutrient content of human milk, and the microbiome of human milk as they relate to clinical, growth and neurodevelopmental outcomes among preterm infants. In addition to leading her own research studies, she frequently collaborates with Neonatology faculty and actively mentors Neonatal-Perinatal Fellows.

Selected Publications
  • Fitzstevens JL, Smith KC, Hagadorn JI, Caimano MJ, Matson AP, Brownell EA. A Systematic Review of the Human Milk Microbiota. Nutr Clin Pract. 2016 Sept 27. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Hagadorn JI, Brownell EA, Trzaski JM, Johnson KR, Lainwala S, Campbell BT, Herbst KW. Trends and Variation in Management and Outcomes of Very Low Birth Weight Infants with Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Pediatr Res. 2016 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Brownell EA, Smith KC, Cornell EL, Esposito PA, Wiley CC, Wang Z, Bushley AW, Lussier MM, Hagadorn, JI. Five-Year Secular Trends and Predictors of Non-Consent to Receive Donor Milk in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Breastfeed Med. 2016 May 18. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Cornell EL, Lerer TJ, Hagadorn JI, Chapman DJ, Lussier MM, Brownell EA. A Non-NICU-Specific Peer Counseling Program Is Not Associated With Human Milk Receipt At Or Following Discharge. J Perinatol. 2016 May 26. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Briere, C.E., McGrath, J.M., Cong, X., Brownell, E., & Cusson, R. Direct-Breastfeeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Breastfeeding Duration for Premature Infants. Applied Nursing Research. (In press).

  • Lussier MM, Brownell EA, Proulx TA, Bielecki D, Marinelli KA, Bellini S, Hagadorn JI. Daily Breast Milk Volume in Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Neonates: A Repeated Measures Randomized Trial of Hand Expression Versus Electric Breast Pump Expression Breastfeed Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;10:312-7.

  • Briere CE, McGrath JM, Cong X, Brownell EA, Cusson R. Direct-Breastfeeding Premature Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. J Hum Lact. 2015 Aug;31(3):386-92.

  • Hagadorn J, Brownell E, Herbst K, Trzaski J, Neff S, Campbell B. Trends in Treatment and In-Hospital Mortality for Neonates with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. ( J Perinatol, in press).

  • Briere CE, Lucas R, McGrath JM, Lussier M, Brownell E. Establishing Breastfeeding with the Late Preterm Infant in the NICU. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2015 Jan;44(1):102-13.

  • Cortezzo DE, Sanders MR, Brownell EA, Moss K. End-of-Life Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Experiences of Staff and Parents. Am J Perinatol. 2014 Dec 17.

  • Brownell EA, Hagadorn JI, Lussier MM, Goh G, Thevenet-Morrison KN, Lerer TJ, Herson VC, Howard CR. Optimal Periods of Exclusive Breastfeeding Associated with Any Breastfeeding Duration through One Year. J Pediatr. 2014 Dec 16.

  • Hagadorn JI, Brownell EA, Lussier MM, Parker MG, Herson VC. Variability of Criteria for Pasteurized Donor Human Milk Use: A Survey of U.S. Neonatal ICU Medical Directors. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Sep 29.

  • Brownell EA, Lussier MM, Bielecki D, Proulx TA, Esposito P, Briere CE, Herson VC, Hagadorn JI. Patterns and Predictors of Donor Human Milk Non-consent in the Neonatal ICU. Breastfeed Med. 2014 Oct; 9:393-7.

  • Brownell EA, Lussier MM, Dozier AM, Howard CR, Fisher SG, Duckett JW, Lawrence RA, Fernandez ID. The Discordance Between Planned Use and Actual Receipt of Immediate Postpartum Depot Medroxyprogesterone Among Low-Income Women. Brestfeed Med. 2014 Jun 3.

  • Brownell EA, Lussier MM, Hagadorn JI, Herson VC, Marinelli KA. Authors’ response to “a letter to the editor regarding ‘donor human milk bank data collection in north america: an assessment of current status and future needs’ from the human milk banking association of north america”. J Hum Lact. 2014 May; 30(2):243.

  • Marinelli KA, Lussier MM, Brownell E, Herson VC, Hagadorn JI. The Effect of Donor Milk Policy on the Diet of Very Low Birth Weight Infants. J Hum Lact. 2014 Apr 18.

  • Brownell EA, Dozier AM, Nelson A, Howard CR, Lawrence RA. Patterns of Postpartum Depot Medroxyprogesterone Administration Among Low-Income Mothers (Larchmt). J Womens Health. 2014 Jan 20.

  • Brownell EA, Lussier MM, Hagadorn JI, McGrath JM, Marinelli KA, Herson VC. Independent Predictors of Human Milk Receipt at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Discharge. Am J Perinatol. 2013 Dec 17.

  • Brownell EA, Lussier MM, Herson VC, Hagadorn JI, Marinelli KA. Donor Human Milk Bank Data Collection in North America: An Assessment of Current Status and Future Needs. J Hum Lact. 2013 Oct 28.

  • Cortezzo DE, Sanders MR, Brownell E, Moss K. Neonatologists’ perspectives of palliative and end-of-life care in neonatal intensive care units. J Perinatol. 2013 Sep; 33(9):731-5.

  • Dozier AM, Brownell E, Guido J, Yang H, Howard CA, Doniger A, Ossip D, Lawrence R. Adapting the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Survey to Enhance Locally Available Data: Methods. Matern Child Health J. 2013 Aug 31.

  • Wang Z, Brownell E. Household obesity prevention: Take action-A group-randomized trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Feb; 21(2):217.

  • Dozier AM, Nelson A, Brownell E. The Relationship between Life Stress and Breastfeeding Outcomes among Low-Income Mothers. Adv Prev Med. 2012; 2012:902487.

  • Brownell EA, Fernandez ID, Fisher SG, Howard CR, Ternullo SR, Lawrence RA, Duckett JW, Dozier AM. The effect of immediate postpartum depot medroxyprogesterone on early breastfeeding cessation. Contraception. 2012 Nov 12.

  • Dozier AM, Howard CR, Brownell EA, Wissler RN, Glantz JC, Ternullo SR, Thevenet-Morrison KN, Childs CK, Lawrence RA. Labor Epidural Anesthesia, Obstetric Factors and Breastfeeding Cessation. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Jun 13.

  • Brownell E, Howard CR, Lawrence RA, Dozier AM. Delayed onset lactogenesis II predicts the cessation of any or exclusive breastfeeding. J Pediatr. 2012 Oct; 161(4):608-14.

  • Brownell EA, Fernandez ID, Howard CR, Fisher SG, Ternullo SR, Buckley RJ, Dozier AM. A systematic review of early postpartum medroxyprogesterone receipt and early breastfeeding cessation: evaluating the methodological rigor of the evidence. Breastfeed Med. 2012 Feb; 7(1):10-8.

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