Children with Asthma: Communication and Outcomes

This four-year project, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is focused on a neglected area within children’s health services research, the relationship between provider-child-caregiver communication during pediatric asthma visits and treatment adherence.

Evaluating an Intervention to Prevent Family Homelessness

In the current phase of the project, the Sheps center, in cooperation with the Coordinating Centers (Vanderbilt University) and Policy Research Associates, Inc), has begun to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of these services for homeless women and their children.

Gender, Ethnicity, and Mental Health in Primary Care

This five year project, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, is focuses on a neglected area within mental health research– how patient gender, ethnicity, and age influence the discussion and treatment of mental health problems during primary care medical visits.

Ethnicity and Postpartum Depression

The project will involve recruiting a sample of 75 women at the Alamance county health department (25 Hispanic, 25 African American, and 25 white) at their second trimester visits (preferably the fifth month) and using the interviewer-administered version of the Beck Depression Inventory, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, self esteem, hopefulness, positive well-being, and social support instruments.