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Building a Strong and Equitable Mixed-Auspice Prekindergarten System (MAPS): A Research-Practice Partnership to Support Boston’s Historic UPK Expansion 
Christina Weiland, School of Education

  • This project examines the expansion of the Boston prekindergarten model to community-based preschools. Preschool centers have been closed due to COVID-19 and we plan to document how the crisis affects them and the families they serve.

Parenting Stress During a Global Health Crisis
​​Shawna J. Lee, School of Social Work

  • This survey examines parenting, mental health and coping skills, and romantic relationships during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

HARMONY – Home Activities and Routines Observed Naturally
Richard Gonzalez, Institute for Social Research

  • HARMONY is a study of the impact of COVID-19 on parenting and division of labor among co-parents with very young children.

​Michigan Twin Neurogenetics Study
Luke Hyde, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts/Institute for Social Research

  • ​​The overall study aim is to examine how poverty-related adversity undermines brain development to increase risk for these maladaptive outcomes. The addition of a COVID-19 stress assessment will permit us to examine the impact of this exogenous stressor on youth and families in real-time so we can better understand the economic, social and psychiatric impact of COVID-19 on low-income families and the impact on adolescent brain and behavior development, overall.

Study of Adolescent to Adult Neural Development – Brief Check-In
Christopher Monk, Medical School/College of Lit, Science & Arts; Institute for Social Research

  • This project will acquire survey data via the internet or phone to assess the health (physical and mental) and economic circumstances of an existing sample of predominantly lower income subjects during the COVID-19 crisis. The participants are part of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study, which is a longitudinal study of participants who have been followed since birth and they are now about 21 years of age. 

​AIMS-T1D Follow Up Coping Study
Alison Miller, School of Public Health

  • The purpose of this study is to compare parent and child emotional coping strategies, family conflict and diabetes management, and teen medical regimen adherence before and after COVID19 to determine potential impact of a community trauma like COVID19 on these outcomes. We will assess these constructs by conducting follow up interviews with an existing sample of families of adolescents who have Type 1 Diabetes who have completed these measures previously. 

Parents’ Perceptions of Children’s Responses to News of COVID-19
Kristen Harrison, College of Lit, Science & Arts Institute for Social Research

  • This project is a survey of children’s fright reactions to news about COVID-19 as reported by parents. The analytical goal is to identify the most frightening stimuli and most effective coping strategies by developmental stage to advise parents on effective coping strategies for children of different ages.

Monitoring of Clinical Care and Outcomes Related to Respiratory and Acute Illnesses
Joyce Lee, Medical School/School of Public Health

  • This project seeks to track clinical care and outcomes related to respiratory and acute illnesses of children and young adults at Michigan Medicine Department of Pediatrics for the purposes of clinical care operations, patient safety, and quality improvement. This project will collect data from the Michigan Medicine electronic medical record (EMR) for secondary analyses to assess health outcomes and clinical trajectories related to respiratory and acute illnesses in children and young adults.

K-12 Parent Experiences with Remote Learning During COVID-19
Elizabeth Keren-Kolb, School of Education

  • This project includes two national surveys that ask K-12 teachers and parents about their experiences with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. These surveys, one aimed at parents, the other at teachers, will be open until the end of May. The survey responses will be used to inform professional development for K-12 school districts on developing blended and remote learning for learning continuity

Strengthening Flint Families
Sarah Stoddard, School of Nursing

  • As part of an ongoing community-based, multilevel intervention designed to reduce behavioral health disparities, we will conduct semi-structures phone interviews with peer recovery coaches to examine the impact of COVID-19 on recovery coaches – including barriers and facilitators of service delivery – in Flint.

SURVEY12 Psychological Stress in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Patients and Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Melissa Cousino, Medical School

  • This survey study will seek to describe psychological stress in pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart disease and their caregivers as it relates to COVID19 and the impact of the pandemic on their healthcare. Results will inform care delivery and support needs during and post-pandemic.

Maternal Health and Sleep During Covid-19
Louise O’Brien, Medical School

  • This global survey aims to explore the experiences, healthcare, and support networks, as well as sleep patterns, of pregnant women and women who have lost a baby. 

Public Health Messaging on Tik Tok During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic
Ellen Selkie
, Medical School

  • This project examines influencer-created content on the social media platform TikTok during the current global pandemic to describe the messaging received by many young people using the platform. Content related to COVID19 will be reviewed for adherence to CDC guidelines about infection prevention and for presence of disinformation regarding the virus.