David Olds, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics-Prevention Research Center

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Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Prevention Research Center

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Pediatrics-Prevention Research Center
  • Professor of Pediatrics, Nursing, and Public Health
  • Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Research interests for Patients:
Professor Olds has focused his career on developing and testing a program of prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses for low-income mothers and their children, known as the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). NFP nurses guide pregnant women and parents of young children to improve the outcomes of pregnancy, their children’s health and development, and their economic self-sufficiency, with the goal of reducing disparities over the life-course. Professor Olds spent 20 years developing and testing the NFP in a series of randomized clinical trials before offering it for public investment in 1996 under an initiative sponsored by the US Justice Department.

Publications

  • Enoch MA, Kitzman H, Smith JA, Anson E, Hodgkinson CA, Goldman D, Olds DL. A Prospective Cohort Study of Influences on Externalizing Behaviors Across Childhood: Results From a Nurse Home Visiting Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016 May;55(5):376-82. PubMed PMID: 27126851
  • Olds DL, Holmberg JR, Donelan-McCall N, Luckey DW, Knudtson MD, Robinson J. Effects of Home Visits by Paraprofessionals and by Nurses on Children: Follow-up of a Randomized Trial at Ages 6 and 9 Years. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Feb 1;168(2):114-21. PubMed PMID: 24296904
  • Ingoldsby EM, Baca P, McClatchey MW, Luckey DW, Ramsey MO, Loch JM, Lewis J, Blackaby TS, Petrini MB, Smith BJ, McHale M, Perhacs M, Olds DL. Quasi-experimental pilot study of intervention to increase participant retention and completed home visits in the nurse-family partnership. Prev Sci. 2013 Dec;14(6):525-34. PubMed PMID: 23832657
  • Bentley MJ, Lin H, Fernandez TV, Lee M, Yrigollen CM, Pakstis AJ, Katsovich L, Olds DL, Grigorenko EL, Leckman JF. Gene variants associated with antisocial behaviour: a latent variable approach. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2013 Oct;54(10):1074-85. PubMed PMID: 23822756

Practice Locations

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Clinical Interest for Patients
Professor Olds has focused his career on developing and testing a program of prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses for low-income mothers and their children, known as the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). NFP nurses guide pregnant women and parents of young children to improve the outcomes of pregnancy, their children’s health and development, and their economic self-sufficiency, with the goal of reducing disparities over the life-course. Professor Olds spent 20 years developing and testing the NFP in a series of randomized clinical trials before offering it for public investment in 1996 under an initiative sponsored by the US Justice Department.

Care Philosophy
The NFP is the only early childhood program that meets the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy’s “Top-Tier” of evidence; is considered to have the strongest evidence of any intervention that it prevents child maltreatment; and is the only program with evidence that it reduces child fatalities due to abuse and neglect. The NFP trials have served as the primary evidentiary foundation for a $2.3B federal investment in “evidence-based” home visiting. Today, the NFP serves over 33,000 families per day in the US and 18,000 families per day in eight other societies. Professor Olds’ work currently focuses on examining NFP impact on maternal and child health over the life-course; improving the program as it is implemented in community practice; and supporting its adaptation, implementation, and evaluation in international contexts.

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