Rosemarie Bigsby, ScD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA is coordinator of NICU services for the Infant Development Center, Department of Pediatrics, Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, RI, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She earned the Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy at Western Michigan University in 1974, the Advanced Master of Science in occupational therapy at Boston University in 1980, and the Doctor of Science degree at Boston University in 1994. Her experience as a pediatric occupational therapist over three decades includes working in a variety of settings as clinician, supervisor and consultant. For the past 14 years, she has practiced in the NICU, in the combined roles of therapist, educator and researcher.
Dr. Bigsby was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 1994, for her contributions to the practice of occupational therapy with infants and children. She is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of the AOTA guidelines for NICU practice, as well as the Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants (Psychological Corporation; 2000). Her research focuses on motor development, behavioral cues, physiologic regulation, and feeding in early infancy. She has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally, and currently teaches several two-day multidisciplinary workshops per year on assessment and intervention in the NICU.