Marsha Gerdes, PhD, is a senior psychologist with CHOP's PolicyLab.
Areas of Expertise:
Assessment as intervention with infants and preschoolers, Early childhood development, Neurodevelopmental outcome of children with cardiac defects, Neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants, Preventive services for children birth to preschool Locations:Main Hospital Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP(1-800-879-2467)
Education and Training
Wissahickon School District, Philadelphia, PA
PhD - University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Gerdes’ clinical and research interests include neurodevelopmental outcome of infants with preterm birth and congenital abnormalities. Her focus also includes universal early childhood developmental and behavioral screening, including children of immigrant and refugee families, expanding the focus of screening to ensure that early identification leads to services, and also encouraging a preschool experience for all children to support school readiness.
Her work with preventive interventions and services for young children at risk includes services for children with mothers who are depressed and also children whose challenging behaviors placed them at risk for expulsion from childcare. Her approach to research has an emphasis of building community partnerships and bridging research to practice and policy change.
Danzer E, Hoffman C, D'Agostino J, Ryan M, Gerdes M, Bernbaum J, Rintoul NE, Herkert LM, Peranteau WH, Flake AW, Adzick NS, Hedrick HL: Rate and risk factors associated with autism spectrum disorder in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders48:2112-2121, 2018.
Danzer E, Hoffman C, D’Agostino JA, Boelig MM, Gerdes M, Bernbaum J, Rosenthal H, Waqar LN, Rintoul NE, Herkert LM, Kallan MJ, Peranteau WH, Flake AW, Adzick NS, Hedrick HL: Short-term neurodevelopmental outcome in children born with high-risk congenital lung lesions. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 105:1827-1834, 2018.
Danzer E, Hoffman C, D'Agostino J, Connelly JT, Waqar LN, Gerdes M, Bernbaum J, Rintoul NE, Herkert LM, Peranteau WH, Flake AW, Adzick NS, Hedrick HL: Short-term neurodevelopmental outcome in congenital diaphragmatic hernia: The impact of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and timing of repair. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 19:64-74, 2018.
Danzer E, Hoffman C, , Gerdes M, Bernbaum J, Antiel RM, Rintoul NE, Herkert LM, Flake AW, Adzick NS, Hedrick HL. Neurodevelopmental outcomes at 5 years of age in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Mar;52(3):437-443.
Danzer E, Thomas NH, Thomas A, Friedman KB, Gerdes M, Koh J, Adzick NS, Johnson MP. Long-term neurofunctional outcome, executive functioning, and behavioral adaptive skills following fetal myelomeningocele surgery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Feb;214(2):269.e1-8.
DeMauro S, D’Agostino J, Bann C, Bernbaum J, Gerdes M, Bell E, Carlo W, D’Angio C, Das A, Higgins R, Hintz S, Laptook A, Natarajan G, Nelin L, Poindexter B, Sanchez P, Shankaran S, Stoll B, Truog W, Van Meurs K, Vohr B, Walsh M, Kirpalani H. Developmental outcomes of very preterm infants with tracheostomies.J Pediatr. 2014. [Epub ahead of print]
Partridge EA, Bridge C, Donaher JG, Herkert LM, Grill E, Danzer E, Gerdes M, Hoffman CH, D’Agostino JA, Bernbaum JC, Rintoul NE, Peranteau WH, Flake AW, Adzick NS, Hedrick HL. Incidence and factors associated with sensorineural and conductive hearing loss among survivors of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Jun;49(6):890-4
Danzer E, Gerdes M, D’Agostino JA, Hoffman C, Bernbaum J, Bebbington MW, Siegle J, Sulkowski J, Rintoul NE, Flake AW, Adzick NS, Hedrick HL. Longitudinal neurodevelopmental and neuromotor outcome in congenital diaphragmatic hernia patients in the first 3 years of life. J Perinatol. 2013 Nov;33(11):893-8.
Gerdes M. Development/behavior. In: Bernbaum J, editor. Preterm infants in primary care: a guide to office management. Columbus: Abbott Laboratories; 2000.
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