Front Page Prenatal, early-life influences on child brain development focus of new study School of Medicine news release • November 30, 2021November 30, 2021 View Content Washington University is national data coordinating site for child development study Cynthia Rogers, MD, visits Abel Stanart in the NICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital on August 21, 2019. Abel, four days old, and his parents Katie Turek and Trask Stanart are in the neonatal intensive care unit. MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Stable home lives improve prospects for preemies – Medical challenges at birth less important than stressful home life in predicting future psychiatric health – Cynthia E. Rogers, MD, an associate professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, visits 4-day-old Abel Stanart in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Rogers’ team has found that as premature babies grow, their mental health may be related less to medical challenges they face after birth than to the environment the babies enter once they leave the NICU. – Four-day-old Abel Stanart is participating in a new study, directed by Cynthia E. Rogers, MD, that is attempting to dig even deeper into what predicts risk of mental health-related issues and resilience in children who are born early.