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Research and Development
Human-centered mHealth research and design
Our team continuously evaluates the extent to which NICU2HOME features improve discharge preparedness and mental health outcomes.
From software developers to developmental specialists - the NICU2HOME smartphone app is influenced by them all.
Prior Research Findings
The NICU2HOME team works to combat the stress associated with the NICU experience and infant prematurity
NICU parents note pervasive feelings of uncertainty as they navigate experiences through the NICU stay and transition home (Garfield, Lee, & Kim, 2014)
Fathers experience increased physiological stress during the transition from the NICU to home period (Garfield, Simon, Rutsohn, & Lee, 2018)
Depression among NICU parents remains elevated during infants’ transition from the NICU to home. Mothers’s odds of positive depressions screenings decrease during this period while fathers experience little improvement (Garfield et al., 2021).
The American Academy of Pediatrics underscores the impact of parental mental health on early and late childhood developmental outcomes (Rafferty, Mattson, Earls, & Yogman, 2019)
The field of pediatrics has been slow to adopt the importance of mothers and fathers as co-parents in family-centered care (Yogman & Garfield, 2016).