Lia Fernald, Professor

Closed (1) Literature Review on Fatherhood & Kinship Support Programs

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Many parenting programs are mother focused, but to improve the participation of all family members in engaging with the child, fatherhood programs and other caregiver programs can be important. With the ultimate goal of creating one of these programs for Latin America, first a literature review is needed regarding how fathers and other family members (particularly grandparent caregivers!!) have already been engaged in childcare programs.


TASKS
Identifying pertinent articles and resources
classifying aspects of the research programs
synthesizing research findings

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Understanding effective characteristics of programs
Organizing and summarizing literature

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sarah Reynolds

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sarah Reynolds

Qualifications: Qualifications: Familiarity with Google Scholar & other research search engines. Use of Excel for maintaining large spreadsheets documenting aspects of articles. Spanish & previous literature review experience preferred. 6 hours per week

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: University Hall

Closed (2) Coding Transcripts in Spanish on Mother, Father, and Grandparent Involvement with Children

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

Two critical demographic changes have recently occurred in Chile: First, the proportion of intergenerational households, in Chile like elsewhere in Latin America, is on the rise (Ruggles & Heggeness, 2008). Second, there has been a change in the role occupied by the grandparents, from being a support figure that helps the parent with household chores or by occasionally babysitting, to being a primary caregiver (Dunifon, Ziol-Guest, & Kopko, 2014; Moreno & Sandoval, 2015; Settles, Zhao, Mancini, Rich, Pierre, & Oduor, 2009)

This, in turn, has generated a growth in the literature about the role played by the grandparents. None of these papers, however, explore the mechanisms through which grandparents support the cognitive development of their grandchildren. Because this missing information is critical for public policies and as a guidance for future research, we are currently conducting a qualitative research project with the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the grandparent-grandchild relationship and its influence on children’s cognitive development.


Undergraduate students will be deeply integrated into the research team, having the opportunity to learn new qualitative research skills, to share their ideas and interpretation of the data, and to gain a better understanding of parenting and grandparenting practices within the Chilean society.

Research tasks:
1. Analyzing qualitative data
2. Coding researcher’s interviews and field notes
3. Writing analytical memos
4. Preparing figures and tables
5. Attending bi-weekly research meetings

II. Learning outcomes:
1. First-hand experience in doing qualitative data analysis, including: data coding, data analysis, memo writing, etc.
2. Direct experience in managing research data
3. Contributing to scientific knowledge on grandparents’ role in their grandchildren’s development.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Monica Zegers, Graduate Student

Qualifications: I. Required: 1. Fluency in reading Spanish 2. Ability to be detail-oriented, and to follow strict research protocol 3. Ability to work independently and as part of a team 4. Reliability in completing assigned workload tasks on time II. Desirable but NOT required: 1. Previous experience doing qualitative research or having taken qualitative coursework 2. Previous experience using qualitative analysis software (e.g. MaxQDA, NVivo, Dedoose, etc). 3. Familiarity with Chilean lexicon. 4. Commitment to a minimum of 6 hours per week

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Closed (3) Common Application Software (CAS) India

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

Common Application Software is a mobile app developed by the Indian government. It is intended to be used by community health workers that are stationed at Anganwadi Centers. These centers were started in the 1970s by the Integrated Child Development Services, which is a large Indian welfare program designed to provide meals and nutrition, along with basic health services to children under the age of six and their mothers.

The purpose of this study is to understand whether or not the CAS app improves Anganwadi worker efficiency, which might lead to improved health outcomes.

The hired student will provide research support.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Anoop Jain, Graduate Student

Qualifications: We seek URAP students who have taken Lia Fernald’s nutrition class and have an interest in the intersection of mobile technology applications and maternal and child health. Students with experience in statistics and impact evaluation methodology are preferred.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Closed (4) Child Development in Bangladesh

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

Child health and development are both critical to ensure that children have the opportunity to not only survive, but thrive in their environment. Parenting practices and child stimulation play critical roles in children’s development. There are two positions available for research related to child development in Bangladesh.

Project #1
With a team of investigators, we are iteratively piloting an integrated child health and development intervention in Bangladesh. The intervention’s aim is to integrate water & sanitation, nutrition, and child stimulation interventions to improve child health and development. We are developing a mobile application to be used by Community Health Workers (CHWs) to complement the integrated intervention. The mobile application will likely be developed using Dimagi’s CommCare platform, and will assist CHWs with organizing their household visit schedule based on the childrens age and previous visits, alert the CHWs of children who are at risk, and include educational videos for mothers.

Project #2
We are working to develop a stronger understanding of the experiences of children and parenting practices in a subset of villages in rural Bangladesh. We have observational videos following children during the day in these villages, which we will use as our initial method of exploration.



Role #1
An undergraduate research assistant working on our team would help with the development, construction and testing of the mobile application in collaboration with our colleagues in Bangladesh.

Role #2
An undergraduate research assistant will assist in developing a qualitative research plan, and code the interactions in the videos to enable us to develop a deeper understanding of child stimulation in this context.



Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Helen Pitchik, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Role #1 Experience with mobile application development, user interface design, or computer science is desirable, but not essential. Preference given to students that have taken PH118, and please make sure to reference any global health experience or coursework that you have in your application. Role #2 Experience with qualitative or observational research is desirable, but not essential. Preference given to students that have taken PH118, and please make sure to reference any global health experience or coursework that you have in your application.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated