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Michael Wells

Michael Wells

Assistant professor

About me

My main research interests are in intervention and implementation research, with social and family policy outcomes.

Historically, my research has focused on the Swedish child health field and the support (and lack of support) they provide to different types of parents, such as mothers and fathers who are either different-sex or same-sex oriented. In addition, I also discuss the barriers fathers face regarding Swedish family policies, especially parental leave. 

My current research projects have expanded to 1) finding ways to increase employment opportunities for school drop-outs (e.g. intervention research), and 2) to discuss wage-earnings differences between those with disabilities compared to those without disabilities (e.g. register and national survey research). 

Research description

Current Research Projects

Evaluation of a counseling intervention aimed at promoting labor market integration and mental health amongst young school drop-outs. A randomized trial

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to analyze whether the counseling intervention increases young school drop-out’s ability to gain paid employment, help them to focus on further studies and improve their mental health.

Material and Method

After baseline assessment, school drop-outs will be randomized either to group counseling sessions (5 days) followed by weekly Internet-based sessions (5 weeks) or to a control group offered the usual advice at public employment offices. The primary outcome is paid employment, and all randomized individuals will be followed-up shortly after the intervention, and 12 and 24 months after baseline, by validated methods.

 

Evaluation of a new Father Visit to the Swedish Child Health Centers

Purpose

This is a community-based intervention, with the aim of evaluating the implementation and outcomes derived from a series of new clinical visits at the Stockholm County child health centers to better support fathers. 

The Program

Around half of the Stockholm County child health nurses completed a half-day training to implement a series of father visits in 2017. Within this program, fathers are invited, along with their partner, to the initial nurse-parent meeting (e.g. home visit), as well as to a 3-5 week visit. Fathers, but not mothers, are then invited to a 3-5 month visit. During these visits, child health nurses should form a relationship with the father, independent of the mother, and provide parenting support to fathers. 

Material and Method 

Nurses have completed questionnaires at three time points: 1) baseline questionnaire, where they provided information on their attitudes of fathers of infants compared to mothers; 2) training questionnaire (1-2 months post training), where they provided information on their thoughts of the half-day training and initial implementation of these father visits; and 3) adherence questionnaire (8-12 months post-training), where questions focus on how well nurses deliver the program as advertised, as well as any strengths and barriers to implementation. 

Fathers will complete a questionnaire after their 3-5 month visits. This questionnaire consists of adherence questions related to the home, 3-5 week, and 3-5 month visits, as well as uses validated questionnaires regarding the parent-infant relationship, coparenting relationship, and fathers' mental health. 

Supervision

Co-Supervision

Medical Student:

Björn Edgren, Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University

Masters Students:

  • Saga Fogelström and Anna Björsson (2017). 15 hp. Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute. Tänk om hon dör och jag blir ensam kvar: En intervjustudie över blivande pappors förlossningsrädsla (What if she dies and leaves me all alone: An interview based study of fathers’ fear of childbirth).
  • Michaela Modin Asper and Nino Hallén (2017). 30 hp. Department of Public Health, Karolinska Institute. Postpartum depression screening for fathers: A cost-benefit analysis in Stockholm Sweden.

  • Sofia Kittmark and Matias Garzon (2017). 15 hp. Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute. Same-sex mothers’ views of the Swedish child health centers: A qualitative study. 

Teaching portfolio

10-12/17                     Guest Lecturer, Applied Epidemiology 3- Methods for outcome evaluation of Public Health interventions (Public Health). I provided several lectures on outcome evaluations, as well as mentored masters students on their final exam.

10/17                          Guest Lecturer, Brain Development (Psychology), DIS

Study Abroad in Scandinavia (1.5 hour lecture). I provided a talk about the brain changes that occur in new parents and how Swedish family policies help new parents bond with their child.

09/17                          Guest Lecturer, Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska

Institute (3 hours). Sexual and Reproductive Health I (Women’s and Children’s Health). I provided a three-hour lecture on the importance of involving fathers in the child health field to 40 masters students in midwifery.

03/17                          Guest Lecturer, Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska

Institute (3 hours). Sexual and Reproductive Health I (Women’s and Children’s Health). I provided a three-hour lecture on the importance of involving fathers in the child health field to 40 masters students in midwifery.

03/17                          Guest Lecturer, Brain Development (Psychology), DIS

Study Abroad in Scandinavia (1.5 hour lecture). I provided a talk about the brain changes that occur in new parents and how Swedish family policies help new parents bond with their child.

10/16                          Guest Lecturer, Karolinska Institute (1 hour lecture). How to

Conduct Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (Department of Public Health). I provided a one-hour lecture on how to conduct a meta-ethnographic analysis.

09/16                          Guest Lecturer, Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska

Institute (3 hours lecture). Sexual and Reproductive Health I (Women’s and Children’s Health). I provided a three-hour lecture on the importance of involving fathers in the child health field to 40 masters students in midwifery.

01/2009-05/2012 Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis (216 classroom teaching hours): The Family: A Global Perspective (Sociology 310). Instructed a course for 20-30 undergraduates on various topics related families across cultures (I taught the course four times over four years: classes met for three hours once a week for 18 weeks).

 

09/07-06/08  Teacher’s Assistant at The Ohio State University  (180 classroom teaching hours)

Introduction to Child Development – undergraduate course that teaches college students how infants, toddlers, and children develop (I helped teach the course that met for three hours a week for 10 weeks per term; this course was taught three terms per academic year) Parenting – undergraduate/graduate course that teaches college students about parenting (I helped teach the course that met for three hours a week for 10 weeks per term; this course was taught three terms per academic year)

 

09/06-06/07  Teacher’s Assistant at The Ohio State University (180 classroom teaching hours)

Guidance of Young Children – undergraduate course that teaches college students how to guide and discipline children aged 3-12 (I helped teach the course that met for three hours a week for 10 weeks per term; this course was taught three terms per academic year) Constructing a Curriculum Model for Young Children – undergraduate course that teaches college students how to construct a curriculum for preschool and elementary school classrooms (I helped teach the course that met for three hours a week for 10 weeks per term; this course was taught three terms per academic year)

Education

B.A. History, University of Indianapolis, USA

M.S. Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University, USA

Ph.D. Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Sweden

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Grants (Main Applicant)

  • 500,000 SEK from Stockholm Läns Landsting (2016): "Utvärdering av implementeringen av ett särskilt pappabesök vid barnhälsovården i Stockholms län" (Evaluation of the implementation of a special father visit at the child health centers in Stockholm County)
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