Shawna J. Lee, PhD, MSW, MPP

Building Community Capacity to Implement Multi-Level Parenting Support for Fathers project. This project is funded by a grant from MICHR CURES. Our research team is conducting a community-based participatory research (CBPR) informed needs assessment of programs, services, and support systems for fathers in the City of Detroit, by interviewing service providers on how they engage men in services and conducting community dialogues with men regarding their parenting needs and participation in parenting programs. I am co-investigator of the Men’s Health, Fatherhood, and Relationships Study, a nationally representative survey of 1,346 men aged 18 -35 that is examining men’s knowledge of infant development, dimensions of parenting, and violence victimization and perpetration, among other factors. U.S. Census data indicates a significant increase in the number of stay-at-home fathers. I am also PI of a qualitative study of stay-at-home fathers. Our research team conducted in-depth interviews with 24 stay-at-home fathers to better understand how men come to be stay-at-home dads, how being a stay-at-home father changes perception of gender roles and norms, and the benefits and challenges of being a stay-at-home parent.