THE 2014 EARLY CAREER HOME VISITING RESEARCH SCHOLARs
We would like to congratulate our four scholars! These scholars received a day of research consultation after attending the 2014 National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs and are currently working on projects that will be carried out within HARC's practice-based research network.
Congratulations to Abigail Ross, who was named a Doris Duke Fellow!
Heather Paradis, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Her research focuses on primary care enhancements to improve health and well-being, promote child development, and minimize disparities for socioeconomically disadvantaged children at the time of school entry. She is the physician collaborator for Building Healthy Children (BHC), a home visitation program linked with the primary care pediatrics practice at the University of Rochester. Through her work with BHC, Dr. Paradis has become interested in ways that pediatricians can integrate home visiting programs with primary care and promote home visitation through the medical home.
Abigail M. Ross, MSW, MPH received her MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work in 2008 and her MPH from the Boston University School Public Health in 2010. She is currently a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Social Work and Sociology at Boston University and the Project Director of Strong Families, a 5 year study funded by the Department of Defense (PI: DeVoe) to develop and test a home-based reintegration program for returning military service members and their very young children (birth to 5). Her dissertation research will employ a mixed methods approach to the examination of the relationship between deployment-related stress (DRS), social support, and related constructs in a sample of at home-military parents of very young children who have experienced a deployment within the past year. Her research interests include development and dissemination of evidence-based preventive family interventions, implementation science, and child/youth mental health.
Mariel Sparr, MA is a research associate and PhD student at Erikson Institute. Her dissertation focuses on measuring parent engagement and disengagement during home visit sessions and identifying home visitor practices associated with engagement. She earned her MA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools. Her research focuses on parent engagement and voice in home visiting, with the aim of informing training and supervision of home visitors on the promotion of active parent engagement and empowerment. She is also particularly interested in evaluations and assessments of program quality for the purposes of program improvement. As a research associate, she currently works on the development of research and practice tools to assess home visiting program quality.
Angel Teeters, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2012 from Xavier University and completed her predoctoral internship at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Teeters research interests include enhancing early childhood home visiting programs with a focus on maternal and infant mental health and the impact of trauma on parenting and child development, in addition to the retention in home visiting. She has spent that past eight years contributing to research efforts focused home visiting including retention in home visiting programs and the treatment of maternal depression within the context of home visitation.