RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Social Work, Psychology
Area(s) of Expertise:
Early Parenthood and Parent-Child Relationships, Fatherhood and Men's Health, Preventive Interventions, Family Violence
Tova Walsh received her Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2013. Her research focuses on the role that expectant and new fathers play in the health and wellbeing of their partners and children, and the influence of parenthood on men’s health. Her dissertation research examined the experiences of expectant and new fathers during pregnancy and the first year post-partum. As an RWJF Health & Society Scholar, she will investigate the opportunity to improve individual and family health through appropriately timed and tailored intervention with fathers during the transition to parenthood. Tova aims to use research to develop interventions and public policy to improve the health and well-being of infants, young children, and their families. She has a specific interest in efforts to support and strengthen parent-child relationships in military families. Prior to entering graduate school, Tova worked in Jamaica and the United States with home visiting services for low-income families with children ages 0-3. Tova received her B.A. with honors in Sociology and Politics from Brandeis University.