Social Confounders for Health Outcomes Linked to Education (SCHOOL)

  • Research Project

What We Do

The University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development and School of Medicine have partnered with Boston University and Washington University on a five-year study, Social Confounders for Health Outcomes Linked to Education (SCHOOL), to examine factors that might mediate or explain why parental education is associated with children’s health and well-being outcomes. 

Project Info

Project Status: August 2018 - Present 

Funding Source: National Institute of Child Health and Development 

Principal Investigator: Khara Turnbull 

Partners: UVA School of Medicine, Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers are analyzing data from previous studies — Social Media and Risk Reduction Training for Infant Care Practices (SMART) and Study of Attitudes and Factors Effecting Infant Care Practices (SAFE) — and conducting qualitative analyses with current SMART mother-infant pairs. The qualitative studies will help further our understanding of the range of parental education experiences and critical home experiences that predict children’s health and well-being outcomes.  

Using a sample from the SMART study, the researchers developed and implemented a new SCHOOL data collection protocol, which included parent-report surveys, virtual observations of mother-child interactions in the home, teacher-report surveys, and child direct assessments. This approach enables a detailed examination of both concurrent and predictive pathways through which parental education and home and school experiences contribute to children’s health and well-being. 

Project Team

Brianna Jaworski

Brianna Jaworski

  • Project Management Associate
Deiby Mayaris Cubides Mateus

Deiby Mayaris Cubides Mateus

  • Senior Research Specialist
Khara Turnbull

Khara Turnbull

  • Research Assistant Professor

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