Xiaomei Cong, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

Professor (PI)

School of Nursing

Director, Biobehavioral Research Lab

Director, Center for Advancement in Managing Pain

Research Overview

Regulation of early life stress by the brain-gut-microbiota axis and the prediction of neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk infants. Preterm infants’ gut microbiome patterns over the first several weeks of life; the linkage of gut microbiome patterns with early life stress; and the linkage of gut microbiome with autonomic nervous, neurobehavioral outcomes, and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) incidence.

Biological mechanisms involved in regulation of human early life experiences, both negative and positive, i.e., repeated painful stimuli and parental skin-to-skin with preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Infant pain/stress assessment and management in the NICU.

Bio-behavioral pain responses and measurements in infants, such as facial actions, behavioral states, crying, cardiorespiratory responses, autonomous nervous system responses, and salivary and serum cortisol responses.


Ph.D. Case Western Reserve Univ.
MSN Chiang Mai Univ. (Thailand)
BSN Beijing Medical Univ. (New name: Peking Univ., China)

Recent/Selected Publications

Research Gate

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-2694
Mailing AddressStorrs Hall 112A
231 Glenbrook Rd
Storrs, CT 06269