What do I Need to Know When in the NICU?

Melissa Johnson, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with 30 years of experience working in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at WakeMed in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers encouragement to parents as they navigate the NICU. Dr. Johnson is also the mother of a daughter born prematurely.

Melissa Johnson, PhD, received her Ph.D. in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1980, and worked as a pediatric psychologist until her retirement in 2016. She spent thirty years at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC, where she became a NIDCAP trainer and consulted in the NICU as well as in the follow-up clinic and pediatric intensive care services. Since her retirement, she has stayed involved with the NFI through the Quality Assurance Committee, as well as with several advocacy activities supporting the needs of young children in North Carolina. She is a founding member and past president of the North CAroline Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association.