Spotlight on Graduate Research: ICT for Health Equity/ Sexual Violence in Higher Education/ Implementation Fidelity in Parenting Programmes

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Kate Samuelson

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Bridget Steele

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Mackenzie Martin

Over the coming weeks we will be presenting a series of articles to highlight the research discussed at our recent 2019 Graduate Research Student Conference. Today we feature a set of presentations given by three of our MPhil students.

Kate Samuelson began the morning by introducing her research on the use of ‘ICT for Lean, Integrated Scale-Up of Cervical Cancer Prevention,’ comparing areas of convergence and divergence between two contexts: Tamil Nadu, India and Texas, USA. Kate’s research is focussed on how ICT can contribute to health equity. She has found that ICT can improve cervical cancer prevention and reduce disparities, for example by increasing screening convenience and acceptability and expanding the reach of community-based programmes. But there are a range of implementation issues – e.g. apps exist, but ICT capacity building is needed to provide a suitable underlying operating system, and policies and financial commitments are still needed to properly enable the use of ICT.

Bridget Steele continued with ‘Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Violence between Adolescents.’ This ongoing work, taking the form of a systematic review and meta-analysis, focusses on male perpetrated sexual violence toward female peers in higher education contexts. After setting the scene with definitions and measurement, Bridget commented on the ways in which HE settings are unique and discussed challenges in establishing prevalence. Bridget argued that more knowledge of risk and protective factors is needed in order to increase the effectiveness of interventions at HEIs, particularly interventions focused on perpetrators rather than victims. She is well into her systematic review and meta-analysis, and her final list of included studies includes 20 articles, all from the US context, covering the 2000-2019 period.

Finally, Mackenzie Martin presented on her MPhil thesis wherein she is examining the role of programme facilitators on programme outcomes in 'Parenting for Lifelong Health' (PLH) under the supervision of Professor Gardner and Dr. Lachman. In her presentation, Mackenzie explained the nature of this suite of parenting programmes, the evidence which has resulted from four rigorous randomised controlled trials of the programmes, and the nature of the three interconnected studies she is working on for her thesis. Mackenzie will be travelling to Udon Thani, Thailand this summer to support the implementation of and RCT on the PLH for Young Children programme. In November, she will also be traveling to Southeastern Europe (Macedonia, Moldova, and Romania) with Dr. Lachman to collect data for her thesis.