This blog will discuss the various academic research projects that I am involved in, as well as other academic and media related research. The topics will revolve around families, parenting, children (especially young children), education, mental health, health, and public policies.

I will be exploring my journey through my PhD program at Uppsala University (Sweden), as no one’s journey is the same, and everyone’s life is shaped by multiple events. I am earning my PhD in Social Pediatrics and Parenting Support with an emphasis on Health Economics in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, which is in the Faculty of Medicine. Our research group webpage can be found here.

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The research group is headed by Dr Anna Sarkadi (click here for a brief description of her) who’s main research focus is on parenting, young children, and health outcomes using mostly qualitative analyses. Dr Inna Feldman is my other advisor (click here), who uses advanced quantitative methods to complete Health Economic analyses. I also work closely with Dr Raziye Salari (click here) who is excellent with quantitative methods and is well-versed in the parenting program Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. While a brief paragraph about me is found here. Additionally, you may also find some of my published work on ResearchGate found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Wells3/

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Prior to becoming a PhD student, I had taught in the USA at the University of Indianapolis for four years in Sociology, teaching a course entitled The Family: A Global Perspective. After having learned about the family from different cultural perspectives, I was invited to contribute a book chapter on Sweden’s family policies for the textbook entitled Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe.

Any academic articles posted on here were found for free on scholar.google.com.

My contact information can be found here:

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5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Michael,
    I am also about to commence PhD Studies in parenting, so it would be great to keep in touch. I am a Psychologist, and Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
    On a practical note, i am looking at different measures and am interested in the PSOC, which I notice you have commented on above. Can you point in the right direction as to where I can obtain a copy and the scoring key?

  2. Hi Michael,
    Yes we have been in contact about this, but thanks.
    How’s your research projects going? Mine is morphing in to more of a focus on fathers participation in interventions for their children.


    1. Hi James!

      That’s fantastic! Definitely look forward to hearing how the projects are moving along and reading about what you find.

      My research is going well–will have my PhD defense at the end of April 2015, so trying to write about Sweden’s version of a dissertation.

      Best of luck with your on-going research, and do please stay in touch about it–I’m looking forward to hearing more as you progress.


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