Current Research Projects

Student: Samuel Allen

Presentation Title: “I’m a part of this community, but it’s still challenging’: On being a lesbian with a transgender child."

Presentation Type: Paper Presentation

Presentation Event: 4th Annual LGBT Research Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, IL. May 2016.

 

Student: Samuel Allen

Presentation Title: I don't want the neighbors to know’: A contextual analysis of Jewish, Orthodox gay adolescents and their maternal relationships.

Presentation Type: Poster presentation

Presentation Event: 2016 Biennial Meeting of The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Baltimore, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Samuel Allen

Presentation Title: Measuring gender identity and race: How can we successfully Mentor: broach the intersection?.

Presentation Type: Roundtable presentation

Presentation Event: 40th Annual Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development, Blacksburg, Virginia. February 2016.

 

Student: Jenna Beckwith Messman

Presentation Title: A multidisciplinary team approach to transgender health.

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Presentation Event: Maryland Student Affairs Conference, College Park, MD. February 2016.

 

Student: Kecia Ellick

Presentation Title: African American Teen Mothers’ Attachment Style and CHild Behavioral Outcomes

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Presentation Event: Graduate Researcher Appreciation Day, Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Anthony Kondracki

Presentation Title: Timing of Smoking During Pregnancy and the Risk of Preterm Birth

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Presentation Event: Graduate Researcher Appreciation Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Deirdre Quinn

Presentation Title: Effective Contraceptive Behavior Among African American Teen Mothers

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Presentation Event: Graduate Researcher Appreciation Day, Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Lauren Ramsey

Presentation Title: How do Fathers’ Prenatal Involvement Influence Teen Mothers’ Postpartum

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Presentation Event: Graduate Researcher Appreciation Day, Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Allison Schroeder

Presentation Title: “Violence at Last Sexual Experience among Abused Women”

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Presentation Event: Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Towanda Street

Presentation Title: Depression and Social Support in African American Teen Mothers

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Presentation Event: Graduate Researcher Appreciation Day, Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Yassaman Vafai

Presentation Title: Maternal Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Infant Externalizing and Internalizing Behaviors

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Presentation Event: Graduate Researcher Appreciation Day, Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.

 

Student: Andrew Williams

Presentation Title: “Causal criteria in practice: Can we determine causation in observational studies?”

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Presentation Event: Maryland Population Research Center. Special Topics Working Group, Child Health, College Park, MD. March 2016.

 

Student: Jennifer Young

Presentation Title: Finding a “New Normal”: Following BRCA ½ Mutation Positive WOmen After Diagnosis

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Presentation Event: Graduate Researcher Appreciation Day, Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, College Park, MD. April 2016.  

 

Past Research Projects

Mothers of Gender Nonconforming Children
Sam Allen, a second year graduate student in the joint Master's/Ph.D. program in Couple and Family Therapy and Family Science, is working closely with Dr. Katherine Kuvalanka (FMSC-UMD, 2007), for his master's thesis. Chaired by Dr. Leslie, Sam's project considers the predictors of anxiety in mothers of gender nonconforming children. Sam will be presenting his study this May at the 3rd Annual LGBT Research Symposium in Champaign, IL. Sam's analysis was taken from wave 1 of Dr. Kuvalanka's longitudinal study of these mothers and their children, and he looks forward to future analyses of the same cohort.

Timing of Smoking during Pregnancy and the Risk of Preterm Birth
Anthony Kondracki, a first year doctoral student in the Maternal and Child Health Program, is working with Dr. Sandra Hofferth to examine two reseach questions: (1) is not smoking at all in pregnancy associated with a lower risk of preterm birth than smoking solely in the first trimester? and (2) is smoking continuously throughout pregnancy or smoking only in the first two trimesters associated with an increased risk of preterm birth compared with smoking in the first trimester?  Using a sample of 1 million singleton births randomly drawn from the 2008 NCHS Cohort Linked Birth Data Set file, he has found that smoking in the first trimester leads to a greater risk of preterm birth than not smoking, and smoking in both the first and second trimesters increases the risk substantially, whereas smoking after that time does not.