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Lauren Melissa Jansson, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Drug Abuse Research, Drug Exposed Infants and Children, Pediatrics

Research Interests

Fetal neurobehavioral development in drug exposed pregnancies


  • English


Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence

Member, Academic Pediatric Association

Member, Society for Pediatric Research

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • drug exposed infant
  • neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • drug abuse in pregnancy
  • fetus
  • methadone

Additional Resources

Additional Resources +
  • Education +


    • SUNY at Brooklyn College of Medicine (Brooklyn NY ) (1985)
    • State University New York Albany (Albany NY ) (1981)


    • Albany Medical College / Pediatrics (Albany NY ) (1988)


    • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva Univ / Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (Bronx NY ) (1990)


    • General, American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics (2011)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Jansson LM, Svikis D, Lee J, Paluzzi P, Rutigliano P, Hackerman F. Pregnancy and Addiction: A Comprehensive Care Model. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 1996;13(4): 321-329.

    Jansson LM, Velez M. Understanding and Treating Substance Abusers and Their Infants. Infants and Young Children 1999;1(4):79-89.

    Johnson RE, Jones HE, Jasinski DR, Svikis DS, Haug NA, Jansson LM, et al. Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid-Dependent Women: Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2001;63:97-103.

    Jansson LM, Svikis DS, Beilenson P. Effectiveness of Child Case Management Services for Offspring of Drug Dependent Women. Substance Use and Misuse 2003;38(14):1933-1952.

    Jansson LM, Velez ML, Harrow C. Methadone Maintenance and Lactation: A Review of the Literature and Current Management Guidelines. Journal of Human Lactation 2004; 20(1):62-71.

    Velez M, Jansson LM, Montoya I, Schweitzer W, Golden A, Svikis DS. Parenting Knowledge among Substance Abusing Women in Treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2004;27:215-222.

    Jansson LM, Svikis DS, Breon D, Cieslak R. Intensity of Case Management Services: Does More = Better for Drug-Dependent Women and their Children? Social Work in Mental Health 2004;3(4):63-78.

    Jones HE, Johnson RE, Jasinski DR, OGrady KE, Chisolm CA, Choo RE, Crocetti M, Dudas R, Harrow C, Huestis MA, Jansson LM, et al. Buprenorphine versus Methadone in the Treatment of Pregnant Opioid-Dependent Patients: Effects on the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
    Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2005;79(1):110.

    Jansson LM, Elko A, DiPietro J. Fetal Response to Maternal Methadone Administration American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2005;193(3):611-617.

    Miles D, Lanni S, Jansson L, Svikis D. Smoking and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Impact on Neonatal Outcome. Journal of Reproductive Medicine 2006;51(7):567-572.

    Velez ML, Montoya ID, Jansson LM, Walters V, Svikis D, Jones HE, Chilcoat H, Campbell JC Exposure to Violence among Substance-Dependent Pregnant Women and their Children.Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2006;30:31-38.

    Jansson LM, Svikis DS, Velez M, Fitzgerald E, Jones HE. The Impact of Managed Care on Drug Dependent Pregnant and Postpartum Women and their Children. Substance Use and Misuse 2007;42:1-14.

    Jansson LM, Choo RE, Harrow C, Velez M, Schroeder JR, Lowe R, Huestis M. Concentrations of Methadone in Breast Milk and Plasma in the Immediate Perinatal Period. Journal of Human Lactation 2007;23(2):184-190.

    Crocetti MT, Amin DD, Jansson LM. Variability in the Evaluation and Management of Opiate-Exposed Newborns in Maryland. Clinical Pediatrics 2007;46(7)632-635.

    Jansson LM, DiPietro JA, Elko A, Velez M. Maternal vagal tone change in response to methadone is associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome severity in exposed neonates. J of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2007;20(9):677-685.

    Shakleya DM, Jansson LM, Huestis MA. Validation of a LC-APCI-MS/MS Method for the Quantification of Methadone, 2-Ethylidene-1,5-dimethyl-3,3-diphenylpyrrolidine (EDDP) and 2-Ethyl-5-methyl-3,3-diphenylpyraline (EMDP) in Infant Plasma Following Protein Precipitation. Journal of Chromatography B 2007;856:267-272.

    Choo RE, Jansson LM, Scheidweiler K, Huestis MA. A validated liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometric method for the quantification of methadone, 2-ethylidene-1,5-dimethyl-3,3-diphenylpyrrolidine (EDDP), and 2-ethly-5-methyl-3,3-diphenylpyroline (EDMP) in human breast milk. Journal of Analytic Toxicology 2007;31:265-269.

    Jansson LM, Choo R, Velez ML, Harrow C, Schroeder JR, Shakleya DM, Huestis MA. Methadone maintenance and breastfeeding in the neonatal period. Pediatrics 2008;121(1):106-114.

    Jansson LM, Choo R, Velez ML, Lowe, R, Huestis MA. Methadone maintenance and long term lactation. Breastfeeding Medicine 2008;3(1):34-37.

    Velez M, Jansson LM. Non-pharmacologic care of the opioid dependent mother and her newborn. Journal of Addiction Medicine 2008;2(3):113-120. NIHMS ID# 94670

    Jansson LM, DiPietro JA, Velez M, Elko A, Knauer H, Kivlighan KT. Maternal methadone dosing schedule and fetal neurobehavior. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2008;22(1):29-35. NIHMS ID#73143

    Jansson LM, Velez M, Harrow C. The opioid exposed newborn: assessment and pharmacologic management. Journal of Opioid Management 2009;5(1):47-58. NIHMS ID# 91752

    Agthe AG, Kim GR, Mathias KB, Hendrix CW, Valdez RC, Jansson L, Lewis TR, Yaster M, Gauda EB. Clonidine as an adjunct therapy to opioids for neonatal abstinence syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics 2009;123(5):e849-856.
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    Professional Activities

    2005, Child Health Promotion Award
    2005, Maryland Childhood Immunization Partnership; 2005 Best Immunization Practices Award
    2006, Maryland Bureau of Child Health and Immunization; 2006 Best Immunization Practices Award
    2007, Maryland Bureau of Child Health and Immunization; 2007 Best Immunization Practices Award
    2008, Maryland Bureau of Child Health and Immunization; 2008 Best Immunization Practices Award 2009, Maryland Bureau of Child Health and Immunization; 2009 Best Immunization Practices Award
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  • Contact & Locations +


    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    4940 Eastern Avenue
    The Center for Addiction and Pregnancy
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Phone: 410-550-5438
    Appointment Phone: 410-550-3033
    Fax: 410-550-2713
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    • Pediatrics - General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

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