Susan Ludington (France Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA)
Dr. Ludington earned her Bachelors of Science in Cell Biology from Univ. California at Santa Barbara and her Bachelors and Masters of Science with a major in Nursing from Univ. California San Francisco. She completed a Ph.D. with two majors, one in Nursing and the other in Child Development and Psychology, from Texas Woman’s University in 1975. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife, too.
She established the Infant Development Education Association of America in 1980 and became known for her pioneering work in black and white visual stimulation for newborns. Her book “How to Have A Smarter Baby” is still available at any bookstore, 34 years after publication.
Dr. Ludington was the first United States researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of Kangaroo Care on infant physiology and development and is one of only two researchers funded by NIH for Kangaroo Care studies in the United States. As a result of her research program in Kangaroo Care, Kangaroo Care has become the gold standard for family-integrated and developmental care of infants and is now recommended for all newborns by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her second book, “Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do for Your Preterm Infant” was published by Bantam Books in 1993 and is still available. Dr. Ludington’s third book, The Compendium of Kangaroo Care Science, is being published by Springer Publications in 2018.
Dr. Ludington earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in Research from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the National Excellence in Research Award from the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing, the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to International Infant Health from Sigma Theta Tau International. She was an inaugural inductee into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. In 2012 she received the Oration of Honor from the International Network for Kangaroo Mother Care and in 2014 she was the first recipient of the Distinguished Ohio Nurse of the Year award and received the 2017 Ohio Research Excellence Award from the Ohio Nurses’ Association. She continues her research and teaching at Case Western Reserve University Bolton School of Nursing while also serving as Executive Director of the non-profit United States Institute for Kangaroo Care.