Michael Wells

Michael Wells

Assistant professor

About me

Michael's main research interests are in intervention and implementation research, with social and family policy outcomes.

His research has focused on the Swedish child health field and the support they provide to different types of parents, such as mothers and fathers who are either different-sex or same-sex oriented. His main project focuses on the implementation of and outcomes derived from a new clinical visit for fathers of infants and the Swedish child health centers. 

Research description

Current Research Projects

Evaluation of a new Father/Non-birthing Parent 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. 

 

Teaching portfolio

Michael has taught at the university level for over a decade. He has taught in both the USA and in Sweden using synchronous and asynchronous class styles, in person and online, as well as hybrid classes. He has taught in multiple departments including Women's and Children's Health, Global Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Family Science, and Education. 

He currently is the course coordinator/lecturer for the course: Implementing Strategies for Quality Improvement in Healthcare Settings. This course is taught four three different groups: 1) Clinicians working the field, 2) master-level Global Sexual and Reproductive Health students, and 3) as part of a capacity building program for sub-Saharan African nations. 

He is also the course coordinator/lecturer for three master-level courses for midwifery students: 1) Research Methods, 2) Global Sexual and Reproductive Health, and 3) Thesis Course. 

 

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)

  • 250,000 SEK from Systembolaget Alkoholforskningsråd (2019): "Utvärdering av en barnmorskeledd Internetbaserad modell för att förebygga drogan (Evaluation of a midwife-led Internet-based model for drug prevention)."
  • 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)

Grants (Co-Applicant) 

  • 1,967,300 SEK from the Swedish Institute: "Capacitate public sector faculty in the field of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH+N) in three Sub-Saharan African countries." (Main Applicant: Helena Lindgren).
  • 1,200,00 SEK from Women’s Mental Health during the Reproductive Lifespan (WoMHer), Uppsala University: "A parenting intervention for fear of childbirth: Development, feasibility, and acceptability." (Main Applicant: Margareta Johansson). 
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