Liisa Holsti (Alumni) - University of British Columbia
|Award Type:||Career Development Award|
|Supervisor(s):||Dr. Ronald G. Barr|
|Project Title:||Feeding Analgesia in Preterm Infants|
Dr. Holsti is an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy in School of Rehabilitation Sciences at U.B.C. She has worked at B.C. Children's Hospital as paediatric occupational therapist specializing in assessing the development of high risk infants both while they are cared for in the neonatal intensive care nursery and after discharge to school age. Most recently, she completed a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC, studies which were funded by a CIHR Post Doctoral Fellowship award, and a one year Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Child and Family Research Institute in B.C. Dr. Holsti has published in journals such as Pediatrics, Early Human Development, Pain, Clinical Journal of Pain and Archives of Disease in Childhood and presented at national and international meetings. Dr. Holsti's research program centers on finding ways to assess accurately and treat effectively stress and pain responses in preterm infants in the Special Care Nursery. She has expertise in quantitative methods, measurement and statistics, infant and early childhood development, and stress and pain physiology. Her current research projects will determine whether pain responses in preterm infants are altered when breast fed by their mothers and whether a model that simulates breast feeding and that is administered by fathers reduces pain responses in these infants. In addition, and in collaboration with other researchers, she is developing a new assessment tool to evaluate pain responses in preterm infants. Dr. Holsti is currently the CCHCSP Centre Leader at the University of British Columbia/BC Children's Hospital.