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Dana L. Suskind, MD

Dana Suskind, MD is Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago. A Professor of Surgery, she is Founder and Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Founder and Director of Thirty Million Words.



Dr. Suskind's research focuses on foundational brain development, with an overarching aim to affect a population-shift in the knowledge and the behavior of parents and caregivers in order to reduce the achievement gap and prevent early cognitive disparities at onset. Given the absence of any such tools in the field, she developed a parent knowledge assessment tool, the Scale of Parent/Providers’ Expectations and Knowledge (SPEAK), which influences all three areas of her research: behavior change interventions, efficacy testing, and implementation scaling.



Her research includes over 35 peer-reviewed journals and 150 national and international speaking engagements. Author of the book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, she has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, National Public Radio, and other national media outlets.

Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
Fellowship–Pediatric Otolaryngology
1998

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Residency–Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
1997

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Internship - General Surgery
1993

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
MD
1992

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
BS
1988

Video-Based Anticipatory Guidance on Early Cognitive and Language Development in the First 6 Months: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Leung CYY, Trinidad JE, Suskind DL. Video-Based Anticipatory Guidance on Early Cognitive and Language Development in the First 6 Months: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Pediatr. 2022 Mar 14.
PMID: 35301018

The Role of Open Science Practices in Scaling Evidence-Based Prevention Programs.
Supplee LH, Ammerman RT, Duggan AK, List JA, Suskind D. The Role of Open Science Practices in Scaling Evidence-Based Prevention Programs. Prev Sci. 2021 Nov 15.
PMID: 34780008

Using Human-Centered Design in Personalized Anticipatory Guidance: Enriching Anticipatory Guidance on Early Cognitive and Language Development.
Brenner LD, Brudney R, Castaneda J, Liu A, Reyna ME, Leffel KR, Suskind D. Using Human-Centered Design in Personalized Anticipatory Guidance: Enriching Anticipatory Guidance on Early Cognitive and Language Development. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2021 11; 60(13):528-542.
PMID: 34706580

Shifting parental beliefs about child development to foster parental investments and improve school readiness outcomes.
List JA, Pernaudet J, Suskind DL. Shifting parental beliefs about child development to foster parental investments and improve school readiness outcomes. Nat Commun. 2021 10 01; 12(1):5765.
PMID: 34599167

Leveraging the universal newborn hearing screen to impact parental knowledge of childhood speech development in low socioeconomic populations: A randomized clinical trial.
Sowa LE, Thomas JMN, Hundertmark AC, Baroody FM, Suskind DL. Leveraging the universal newborn hearing screen to impact parental knowledge of childhood speech development in low socioeconomic populations: A randomized clinical trial. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2021 Jul; 146:110763.
PMID: 34000494

What Parents Know Matters: Parental Knowledge at Birth Predicts Caregiving Behaviors at 9 Months.
Leung CYY, Suskind DL. What Parents Know Matters: Parental Knowledge at Birth Predicts Caregiving Behaviors at 9 Months. J Pediatr. 2020 06; 221:72-80.
PMID: 31987656

Parent-directed intervention in promoting knowledge of pediatric nutrition and healthy lifestyle among low-SES families with toddlers: A randomized controlled trial.
LoRe D, Leung CYY, Brenner L, Suskind DL. Parent-directed intervention in promoting knowledge of pediatric nutrition and healthy lifestyle among low-SES families with toddlers: A randomized controlled trial. Child Care Health Dev. 2019 07; 45(4):518-522.
PMID: 31050026

Talk, Read, Sing: Early Language Exposure As an Overlooked Social Determinant of Health.
LoRe D, Ladner P, Suskind D. Talk, Read, Sing: Early Language Exposure As an Overlooked Social Determinant of Health. Pediatrics. 2018 09; 142(3).
PMID: 30093541

Educating Parents About Infant Language Development: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Suskind DL, Leung CYY, Webber RJ, Hundertmark AC, Leffel KR, Fuenmayor Rivas IE, Grobman WA. Educating Parents About Infant Language Development: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 07; 57(8):945-953.
PMID: 29073768

Scaling for Economists: Lessons from the Non-Adherence Problem in the Medical Literature.
Al-Ubaydli O, List JA, LoRe D, Suskind D. Scaling for Economists: Lessons from the Non-Adherence Problem in the Medical Literature. J Econ Perspect. 2017; 31(4):125-44.
PMID: 29465217

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John D. Arnold, MD Mentor Award for Sustained Excellence, Pritzker School of Medicine
2018

AG Bell Chairman’s Award, AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
2018

LENA Research Foundation Making a Difference Award
2018

SENTAC Gray Humanitarian Award
2018

Weizmann Women for Science Vision and Impact Award
2018

Vision and Impact Award, Weizmann Women for Science
2017

Gem of the Month, Bridging the Word Gap Research Network, University of Kansas
2017

Gray Humanitarian Award, SENTAC
2016

Senior Faculty Scholar, Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence
2015

Making a Difference Award, LENA Research Foundation
2015

Books for a Better Life-Childcare/Parenting Finalist
2015

Chicago Tribune Remarkable Woman Profile
2013

Illinois CHOICES for Parents Honoree, Illinois Early Hearing Detection, Intervention Day
2012

Fellowship Award, Reach for Commercialization Workshop. Ohio State University
2012

University of Chicago Medical Center Faculty Award “Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation”
2012

Listed in Best Doctors in America Database
2007 - 2011

American Medical Women’s Association Scholarship Citation
1992

Junior Alpha Omega Alpha
1991

Flarsheim Merit Scholarship
1987 - 1990