2018 Year in Review: My students receive the Best Reproductive Health thesis in Sweden Award

It’s June 2019, and I’m finally writing my review of 2018. Needless to say, it’s been a bit hectic, not the least of which is because of having baby #2 being born. However, I did take screenshots of different accomplishments on January 1st, so I have the correct numbers 🙂

Publications

Officially, I had five publications in 2018. I was able to wrap-up data analysis on my Head Start study I conducted while living in the USA (paper #4). This is the third publication from my research on preschool teacher retention. I was also able to publish, along with my former master students, a paper on screening fathers for postpartum depression (paper #1). I am the most proud of this paper, hoping that it can help lead to real organizational change, where we can start routinely screening fathers for postpartum depression during a new clinical visit for fathers at the Swedish child health centers when their infant is 3-5 months old.

  1. Modin Asper, M., Hallén, N., Lindberg, L., Månsdotter, A., Carlberg, M., & Wells, M.B. (2018). Screening fathers for postpartum depression is cost-effective: An example from Sweden. Journal of Affective Disorders, 241, 154-163. PMID: 30121448

https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy.kib.ki.se/pubmed/?term=30121448

  1. Berglind, D., Nyberg, G., Wilmer, M., Persson, M., Wells, M., & Forsell, Y. (2018). An eHealth program verses a standard care supervised health program and associated heaandaljasdfljaksdflskjlth outcomes in individuals with mobility disability: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 19:258. PMID: 29703242

https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy.kib.ki.se/pubmed/?term=29703242

  1. Bergström, M, Fransson, E., Wells, M.B., Köhler, L., & Hjern, A. (2018). Children with two homes-Psychological problems in relation to living arrangements in Nordic 2-9 year olds. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 1-9. PMID: 29644929

https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy.kib.ki.se/pubmed/?term=29644929

  1. Jeon, L. & Wells, M.B. (2018). An Organizational-Level Analysis of Early Childhood Teachers’ Job Attitudes: Workplace Satisfaction Affects Early Head Start and Head Start Teacher Turnover. Child & Youth Care Forum, 47, 563-581.

https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10566-018-9444-3.pdf

5. Kerstis, B., Wells, M.B., & Andersson, E. (2018). Father group leaders’ experience of             creating an arena for father support: A Qualitative Study. Scandinavian Journal of               Caring Sciences, 32, 943-950. PMID: 28906024

https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy.kib.ki.se/pubmed/?term=28906024

These publications bring my total peer-reviewed publications to 20! A nice round number and potentially enough to apply for docent. However, I have three literature reviews, two of which demonstrate a qualitative analysis (e.g. meta-synthesis). However, it’s not clear if these articles count as “original articles”. So far, talking with different levels of Public Health management, it seems the only known consensus is that meta-analyses count, but they do not know about meta-syntheses.

I also published a book chapter with my former master-level supervisor, Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan.

  1. Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Berrigan, M. N., & Wells, M. B. (2018). Rivalry in coparenting at the transition to parenthood. In S. Hart & N. A. Jones (Eds.), The psychology of rivalry. Nova Science Publishers.

https://novapublishers.com/shop/the-psychology-of-rivalry/

Citations

In 2017, I had 194 total citations, with an i10-Index of 9 and an H-index of 9, according to ScholarGoogle. The citations, at that time, stated I had 57 citations for 2017. However, as January/February rolled on, these numbers eventually increased to 60 (in 2016 I had 54 citations, so about a 10% increase in citations). In 2018, my citations ended up at an additional 68, so about 13% increase from 2017), for a total of 263 citations and an i10-Index of 10 and H-Index of 10.

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ResearchGate

My ResearchGate (RG) numbers also increased to 27.20, placing me in the top 82.5% of RG users. Of course, years ago, I asked a couple of questions and answered a few as well, which thus inflates my RG score compared to those who only use RG to promote their publications. As of now though, there’s no way to see your RG score sans Questions/Answers.

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Conferences

My colleagues, especially Dr. Sarah Lang & Dr. Lieny Jeon gave two oral presentations, respectively, on our collaborative research:

  1. Lang, S., Wells, M.B., Jeon, L., & Buettner, C.K. (2018, Aug). Examination of coaching as a professional development strategy for ECE professionals: What are we missing? European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), Budapest, Hungary.
  2. Jeon, L., Buettner, C.K., Lang, S., & Wells, M. (2018, Aug). Perceptions of Professional Development and Teaching Efficacy: Implications for Success or Failure. European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), Budapest, Hungary.

I was also able to attend two conferences: 1) The World Psychiatric Association Epidemiology and Public Health Section in New York, USA and 2) The National Council on Family Relations Conference in Minnesota, USA.

  1. Wells, M.B. & Lindberg, L. (May 2018). Mental Health Support Swedish Child Health Nurses Provide to Mothers and Fathers: Is it Equal? Poster presented at the World Psychiatric Association Epidemiology and Public Health Section, New York, USA.
  2. Wells, M.B., Modin Asper, M., Hallén, N., Carlberg, M., & Lindberg, L. (May 2018). Screening fathers in Sweden for Postpartum Depression is Cost-effective. Poster presented at the World Psychiatric Association Epidemiology and Public Health Section, New York, USA.
  3. Wells, M.B. (2018, Nov.). Comparing Swedish child health nurses’ attitudes toward fathers in 2014 and 2017. Poster presented at the 2018 National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA, USA.
  4. Klittmark, S., Garzón, M., Andersson, E., & Wells, M.B.* (2018, Nov.). LGBTQ Competence Wanted: LGBTQ Parents’ experiences of reproductive healthcare. Poster presented at the 2018 National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA, USA.

Grant for Evaluating the Father Visit in Stockholm County Child Health Centers

From 2017-2018, I received a grant to evaluate a new clinical visit for fathers at the Stockholm County child health centers from Stockholm Län Landsting. During 2018 I was able to collect the bulk of the data, since the program was being implemented throughout 2017. I now have both qualitative and quantitative data from the nurses, quantitative data from fathers, and qualitative interviews with the mentors and program management.

The nurses’ quantitative data, in a basic sense, consists of 1) their attitudes towards fathers as carers of infants + background data (Baseline, Time 1, gathered during their half-day trainings in 2017), 2) their attitudes towards the training + if they have started implementing the father visits + their and their CHCs’ attitudes toward implementing the fathers’ visits (Time 2, about 2-3 months post-training), and 3) their self-evaluation of adhering to the implementation of the program + additional support that they require. While the response rate was quite high for Time 1 (87+%), it was a bit over 50% for Time 2 and 3, respectively, suggesting that CHC nurses would rather complete questionnaires during a training session than via email during their normal working day.

I also hired a research assistant to interview nurses’, as well as the mentors/program leaders’ opinions, of how the father visits were going.

I then developed Facebook advertisements aimed at fathers in Stockholm County. The ad allowed FB users to click on it, which took them to the online quantitative survey. I then asked fathers a series of questions referring to i) their socio-demographic background, ii) their pre- and post-natal care involvement and experiences, iii) their involvement and experiences at the CHC home visit, 3-5 week (later 1-3 week) visit, and the 3-5 month father visit. At this stage, fathers could either elect to stop completing the questionnaire and turn it in, or they could continue. If they elected to continue, they would complete three validated questionnaires: i) The Coparenting Relationship Scale, ii) the Parent-infant Bonding Questionnaire, and iii) the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, as the CHC nurses should have helped support fathers in these three aspects. About 424 fathers completed the first section and 290 complete the full questionnaire (first section + three validated questionnaires).

Quantitative data on fathers was collected in December 2018-January 2019. While this survey was anonymous, fathers could add in their email address if they would like to be contacted more in the future. I haven’t exactly run the numbers of this, but I think it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 60% of fathers provided their email address.

Supervision

I was the supervisor to two master-level theses in 2018. In Nordin and Hedlöf’s thesis, we created a quantitative anonymous online survey regarding women’s sex lives. I was very concerned that they wouldn’t be able to collect data, because the questionnaire asked sensitive questions about women’s sex lives. However, in about two weeks, we had around 2,500 respondents.

  1. Antonia Nordin and Jenny Hedlöf (2018). Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet. Perceived genital response is associated with a better satisfaction of sex life—an online survey study (Upplevd genital respons är förknippat med ett mer uppskattat sexlive—en online enkätstudie). I am the main supervisor.
  2. Lotta Huczkowsky Borg and My Linnér (2018). Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet. Mammors upplevelser av amning och erfarenheter av amningsstöd: En kvalitativ intervjustudie (Mothers´ experiences of breastfeeding and perceptions of breastfeeding support: A qualitative interview study). I am the main supervisor.

Nordin and Hedlöf’s thesis went on to win the Best Reproductive Health thesis in Sweden award. In all of my personal accomplishments as a researcher, this is the one I am most proud of–seeing my students succeed and do great research!

I was also the examiner for six master-level theses in 2018:

  1. Sanjana Ravi Kumar (2018). Global Health, Department of Public Health Sciences. “Art is an injection that cures us”-Art based interventions for patients with severe mental illness at community mental health centers in Kerala, South India.
  2. Paulien Korsten (2018). Global Health, Department of Public Health Sciences. Effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and feasibility of pre-migration screening for tuberculosis in low-incidence countries: a scoping review.
  3. Yesica Quispe Arbieto & Catarina Simunovich Barraza (2018). Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. Hur utfö barnmorskor och läkare episiotomi? En enkätbaserad pilotstudie (How do midwives and doctors perform episiotomy? A survey based pilot study).
  4. Jaqueline Pettersson & Andréa Packalén (2018). Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. Experiences and knowledge on Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) while Breastfeeding-A study by means of a mixed method design approach (Erfarenheter och kunskap om Dysforisk mjölkutdrivningsreflex i samband med amning-En studie med hjälp av Mixad metod).
  5. Hanan Abou Hachem & Irma Flores (2018). Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. Kulturtolksdoula – En ”bro” som leder till god förlossningsupplevelse. Arabisktalande kvinnors upplevelse av att få stöd av en kulturtolksdoula under graviditet och förlossning: En kvalitativ tematisk analysstudie (Community based doula – ”A bridge” that leads to a good delivery experience. Experiences of Arabic speaking women of community based doula’s support during late pregnancy and childbirth: A qualitative thematic analysis study).
  6. Johanna Stjarnfeldt (2018). Department of Public Health Sciences. Masculinity, social capital and testing for Chlamydia infection: An explorative study about young men’s experiences of health service utilization for testing for Chlamydia (CT) infection in Stockholm.

Miscellaneous

I also helped teach in a number of courses within PHS and KBH at KI, as well as in Brain Development at DIS, and in Psychology at Stockholm University. Furthermore, I reviewed for a number of journals.

In total, below are all of the journals I have reviewed for over the years:

  • Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
  • PLOS One
  • American Journal of Community Psychology
  • Journal of Family Issues
  • BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Health Expectations
  • The International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Family Science
  • Early Childhood Development and Care
  • European Journal of Teacher Education
  • Journal of Child Health Care
  • Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
  • Nordic Journal of Nursing Research
  • Men & Masculinities