Matthew RodriguezUniversity of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Family Science
Looking for collaborators who research ethnic minority men in families; mobile health; father-child involvement
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August 2018 - present
- PhD Student
- As a research assistant, I am helping launch a new USDA-funded Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Latinx youth mental health and soccer initiative. I have written the logic model, gathered measures, and am helping with program implementation in Adelphi Maryland. My doctoral dissertation is researching Latinx father-child involvement in an obesity prevention CBPR context. As a teaching assistant, I designed and taught an undergraduate course called Modern Families (FMSC170).
Objective Childhood obesity rates remain high specially for ethnic communities. The Padres Preparados, Jovenes Saludables (Prepared Parents, Healthy Youth— Padres for short) is a family-based intervention that aims to increase father involvement in positive parenting practices to address youth energy balance-related behaviors (EBRBs) (i.e. sugar sw...
Objective This research examines fathers' individual and social characteristics associated with completion of a fatherhood education program in the context of Child Protective Services (CPS). Background Responsible Fatherhood and similar programs are known to contribute to healthy parenting relations. Despite the growing body of literature on fath...
The primary thesis of this proposal is to investigate predictors of father's successful completion of the FOCUS child welfare parenting program. The specific aim of this study is to build upon previous research (Rodriguez & Hurtado, 2022) by investigating whether father's program attendance during the first three sessions significantly predicted th...
Background In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Omaha System Community of Practice developed standardized COVID-19 response guidelines using the Omaha System to support dissemination of evidence-based interventions. Urgent needs for accurate information drove the decision to develop an app in order to disseminate the guidelines. Between April...
Background Obesity-related health issues are a growing public health concern. Strengthening healthy parenting practices can be an effective prevention strategy, however, father uptake of parenting interventions remains low. Padres Preparados is a community-based behavioral prevention intervention for Latino immigrant families, especially fathers. W...
Background/Intro: The increasing obesity rates is a growing public-health concern in the US. Programs aimed at strengthening healthy parenting-practices can help by improving diet and physical activity, however, fathers uptake remains low. Padres Preparados is a community-based behavioral intervention for Latino immigrant families, especially fathe...
Thesis, Aims, Goals The goal is to explore predictors of participant engagement in a healthy parenting practices program that was delivered using a multicomponent format, including in-person, blended (a mixed of in-person and online), and all online participation. The aim is to identify what factors influence higher program participation. This stud...