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Dr. Anna Sarkadi: My Primary PhD Supervisor

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 11.21.51 PMDr Anna Sarkadi is my PhD advisor (while having another 8 PhD students–making for a great research collaboration team!). She works for Uppsala University in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health in Social Pediatrics/Parenting Support, which is part of the Faculty of Medicine (her contact information is located here). She also has a blog (about her sabbatical time in Australia) that’s found here.

She was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrated to Sweden in adulthood. She’s both a pediatrician and a researcher, focusing on parents and young children, namely around mental health issues (but certainly has focused on other aspects of parenting and other health issues as well). For a list of her publications, click here to be taken to ResearchGate: a website researchers use to show their publications.

Dr Anna Sarkadi and colleagues wrote a systematic review article on the longitudinal effects of father involvement and children’s developmental outcomes in 2008 (see a review of that article by the Father Involvement Research Alliance here [and there are loads of other articles written about Anna’s work with father involvement]). Although the aforementioned systematic literature review does not pertain to Sweden specifically, it was written by researchers residing in Sweden. And while I wrote my master’s thesis on father involvement issues, I came across this article.

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After reading it, I was so enamored with the structure of the paper, as well as the content, that I had to read what other articles Sarkadi had published on father involvement. Sadly, I found nothing, except for some articles on diabetes. I emailed her to see if I was missing something in my searches. She informed me that this was her first article on father involvement, but that she had just received a large grant that focused on parenting from infants through adolescents, and that I should fly over to Sweden as a fathering expert and help them run some research studies.

And then my life changed forever.