Dr. Fred J. Biasini


Associate Professor/Director Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program

Other information

Other information:
Additional Titles:

Associate Director, Civitan-Sparks Clinics Director of Interdisciplinary Training-Civitan International Research Center Director, UAB Early Head Start

Contact Information:

Email: fbiasini@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 9465 
Fax: (205) 975 6110


B.A., 1973, St. Vincent College M.A., 1976, St Vincent College
Ph.D., 1984, University of Alabama, Applied Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Dr. Fred J. Biasini is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Sparks Clinics and Director of Interdisciplinary Training at the Civitan International Research Center. He also serves as Director of the UAB Early Head Start Program. He has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1975. Dr. Biasini received his B.A. degree from St. Vincent College (1973), his M.A. from St. Francis College (1976), and his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, with an emphasis on developmental disabilities, from the University of Alabama (1984). During 6 years of his graduate studies, Dr. Biasini worked in residential facilities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He completed an internship in developmental disabilities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham during the 1981-1982 academic year. He directed an early intervention program (1984-1990), organized and coordinated a local council of service providers for infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities (1985-1995), and directed the statewide training program for professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents working in the area of early intervention (1989-1995). In 1992, Dr. Biasini was awarded a 5-year Comprehensive Child Development Program (CCDP) grant to develop a child development/family system oriented program focusing on families where infants and young children have been exposed to parental substance abuse. In 1998 the CCDP became an Early Head Start Program which he currently directs. Dr. Biasini also participates in the training of child and pediatric psychologists and is a member of the psychology faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He teaches courses in developmental psychology and developmental disabilities and has published articles related to cognitive and communication development in young children with disabilities. Dr. Biasini is also involved in research investigating the role of child development and parenting classes on the attitudes of young mothers related to parenting.


Hopkins, I. M., Gower, M., Perez, T., Smith, D.S., Amthor, F., Wimsatt, F.C., & Biasini, F. (2011). Avatar assistant: improving social skills in students with an ASD through a computer-based intervention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Oswalt, K. L., & Biasini, F. J. (2010). Characteristics of HIV-infected mothers associated with increased isk of poor mother-infant interactions and infant outcomes Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Wallander JL, McClure E, Biasini F.J., Goudar SS, Pasha O, Chomba E, Shearer D, Wright L, Thorsten V, Chakraborty H, Dhaded SM, Mahantshetti NS, Bellad RM, Abbasi Z, Carlo W; BRAIN-HIT Investigators. (2010). Brain research to ameliorate impaired neurodevelopment--home-based intervention trial (BRAIN-HIT). BMC Pediatrics 10::27.

Oswalt, K.L., Biasini, F.J., Harrison, L.L., & Mrug, S. (2009). Outcomes of a massage intervention on teen mothers: a pilot study. Pediatric Nursing. 35: 284-317.

Biasini, F. J., Rouse, D.J. et al. (2008). A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Magnesium Sulfate for the Prevention of Cerebral Palsy. The New England Journal Of Medicine. 359: 895-905.

Teaching Interests: Undergraduate

PY 312 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PY 412 Social Development
PY 415 Developmental Disabilities


PY 708 Developmental Psychology
PY 712 Social Development
PY 783 Developmental Disabilities