Robin Lynn Treptow

Robin Lynn Treptow

Great Falls, Montana

Doctoral Candidate Fielding Graduate University School of Leadership for Change Infant and Early Childhood Development with Emphases in Mental Health & Development Disabilities

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Published on Jul 01, 2020

Doctor-Doctor Podcast

On 9 June I was interviewed by the hosts of “Doctor-Doctor,“ an award-winning radio show and podcast, about this research and the whole idea that expectations matter for what babies with Trisomy ...

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Published on Feb 01, 2020

What does our data about doctors early bias mean?!

What does our data about doctors early bias mean?!Varied challenges in gathering our sample limit what can be said about our data related to a larger group of children’s doctors. That means we kn...

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Published on Dec 16, 2018

Here's What We Found!!

Despite so many obstacles in getting children's doctors to do our survey, we at last have some data! Fifty-six doctors did the implicit association test (IAT; see a prior lab note), Further, 91% ...

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Published on May 01, 2018

Hurrah--a few doctors are tuning in!

Thank you everyone for your support of my research; it means a lot to me to have a few lurkers at experiment.com interested in my question (and my findings)!As of this morning my link went out to a...

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Published on Dec 26, 2017

Dissertation proposal approved...ready to submit...

The past few months have been hectic as I wrapped up the big paper that describes my study and revised its introduction as a paper for publication. Pilot data has been slow to come in so I asked m...

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Published on Oct 24, 2017

Pilot Study Launches Tomorrow!

Earlier this week my purchase of 500 licensed and practicing pediatrician contacts from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile finalized. Tonight I uploaded my recruitment email, a ...

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Published on Oct 06, 2017

Purchase of 500 pediatrician email addresses in progress

Purchase of 500 pediatrician email addresses in progressYesterday I met with representatives of the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile licensee, Veeva Systems, about purchase of 500 ...

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Published on Aug 22, 2017

I have initial IRB approval for my Pilot Study, but must update a few details to make it match my full investigation protocol. A manuscript based on my literature review has gone out to editors of the Special Issue on "Investigating Gene x Environme...

I have initial IRB approval for my Pilot Study, but must update a few details to make it match my full investigation protocol. A manuscript based on my literature review has gone out to editors of...

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Thanks, Elmira. I have an hour-long podcast on the topic with two medical doctors due out in early July. I plan to post a link here.
Jun 11, 2020
Does bias about medical diagnosis link to expectations of mental health problems for infants and their parents?
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Thank you, Cassi. My presentation on this data from a parent-professional lens was well-received among neonatologists and other neonatal intensive care staff earlier this month at the Gravens conference. The concepts apply to premature babies who experience brain bleeds or severe oxygen loss in the NICU and staff focus on poorer expected outcomes—perceiving parents who retain high hopes for their child are “in denial.”
Mar 19, 2020
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Thank you,, Rachel! I’ll be presenting on this data in a few weeks.
Feb 29, 2020
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Thanks Billy, Helen, and Jessie for your support. My next step is to get this work published, :)
Jan 08, 2020
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Thanks for your encouragement of my work. It means a lot!
Dec 07, 2019
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Thank you, Helen.
Sep 26, 2019
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Thanks, Nona! We are excited to move this forward to the next phase of a full-blown study that can test all of our hypotheses. Cordially, Robin
Sep 21, 2019
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Thanks, Emily. It is a big deal to see if we can change the paradigm so all babies get a chance to thrive!
Aug 14, 2019
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Thank you, Lois. The pilot study results were strong with 52 of the 56 doctors (93%) having strong bias against persons with intellectual disability. These doctors likewise expected a few days’s old infant with vague signs of Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) to do sugnifuvantly more poorly on early social engagement skills and daily living skills in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, as well as to have significantly more traits linked intellectual disability and significantly fewer traits linked to no disability than infants in the meconium aspiration condition. Their expected advice for parents matched these ideas of lower expected outcomes for the Trisomy 21 group, which ideas we hypothesize to be rooted in bias that may in part result from training to look at facial traits as diagnostic, past clinical cases of such infants, and data from medical journals.
Mar 28, 2019
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Hi, again. I've decided to include specific characteristics or physical findings (by diagnosis) in half of the vignettes for my pilot study. I'll post those updated vignettes in a day or two. Any tips on characteristics you think would fit the "board exam" scenario for the other three diagnoses are much appreciated!
Jan 23, 2017
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Hi, Dr. Fernandes. This is great feedback: I will give this advice further thought. I thought at first to add more clinical details, but intentionally did not do so since the study will tap more into a gestalt (whole sense) of the diagnosis. As an example of literature that supports my approach, Müller-Engelmann et al. (2013) used "abstract" vignettes (stories) to measure medical decision-making as a “social norm” (p.39). These vague descriptions were well-received by the doctors in their study. doi:10.1177/0272989X12458159
Jan 23, 2017
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Thanks, Beth. I am excited to have you follow my project. I'll be posting a lab note with my vignette descriptions in a day or two.
Jan 23, 2017
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