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 Aug 25, 2020

Doctors' bias affects infant mortality...

Here's a recent medical journal report (Greenwood et al., 2020) that examines the potential impact of doctors' bias on babies' mortality in the earliest days of life--especially if there are compli...

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Published on Jul 25, 2020

Listen to this podcast from the Carlot report on how doctors can notice (and change) their biases .

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-ww28v-9924233?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share

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Published on Jul 24, 2020

Updated link that takes you to my blog...

Here you go folks, in case you missed it last week. Hear my podcast "The Power of Expectations: Trisomy 21 and Down syndrome” https://better4babies.org/2020/07/19/an-ewtn-podcast-about-my-sons-ama...

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Published on Jul 19, 2020

Here's the promised podcast that references results from this study...

Yesterday, this podcast about my research--and the story of my son with Trisomy 21 that goes along with and spurred it along--was aired on on EWTN radio. Enjoy it. The hosts are particularly engagi...

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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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Thank you Kathy. I enjoy this work and hope to do further studies!
Oct 05, 2020
Does bias about medical diagnosis link to expectations of mental health problems for infants and their parents?
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Thanks, Dona—I appreciate the encouragement.
Sep 15, 2020
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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
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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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