The overall aim of Gehan Roberts' work is to test the feasibility of providing an at-risk population (former very low birthweight children with additional socioeconomic risk factors) with an intervention to optimize school readiness skills and enhance parenting skills.
Goals of Dr. Roberts' work include:
- To evaluate changes in the children's early academic and social skills before and after a six-month intervention period and to develop preliminary estimates of cognitive and social development.
- To assess the feasibility of implementing a home-based educational intervention. The feasibility study will include a process evaluation that a) assesses the frequency of contact between the home visitors and the families and b) evaluates the training and performance of graduate student home visitors via exit interviews with both the educators and parents. Feasibility information, such as the number of visits over the six-month period and numbers of participants retained for the duration of the study, will be measured quantitatively. The ease of scheduling visits and perceived barriers to implementing the intervention will be qualitatively reported.
- To measure parent perceptions of the parent-child relationship. Using pre- and post-surveys, parents' perceptions of their overall parenting competence and self-esteem will be assessed.
About Gehan Roberts
Dr. Roberts received his MD from the University of Melbourne and completed his residency at Royal Children's Hospital, also in Melbourne. Grants include a Harvard/ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invitational Grant Program (pilot grant category, Deborah Munro Noonan Memorial Fund) for research in the field of developmental disabilities in childhood.