Michael Wells

Michael Wells

Senior Lecturer | Docent
Telephone: +46852486087
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, hiss 1, plan 8 Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K6 Kvinnors och barns hälsa, K6 NOGRH Wells, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Michael's main research interests are in interventions, quality improvements, and implementation research, with social and family policy outcomes.
    My research focuses on the Swedish reproductive and child health fields and 

  • the support they provide to parents. My main research project focuses on the 
  • implementation of and outcomes derived from a new clinical visit for fathers 
  • of infants at the Swedish child health centers.

    B.A. History, University of Indianapolis, USA
    M.S. Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University, USA
    Ph.D. Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Sweden


  • *Current Research Projects*
    1) Longitudinally evaluate the implementation and outcomes derived from a
    co-created community-based clinical intervention program at the Swedish child
    health centers to implement a series of new clinical visits for fathers
    2) Longitudinally assess expectant parents’ alcohol, drug, and smoking
    habits and where they seek support for substance abuse during and after
    3) Evaluate the outcomes of four sub-Saharan African countries’
    implementation of quality improvements in healthcare settings through
    received capacity building techniques
    4) Investigate the feasibility of a peer-to-peer support program for new
    5) Develop and test a new fear of birth program for expectant parents
    6) Assess the development of a school-based intervention to promote
    participation in children with Development Coordination Disorder
    *Peer Reviewed Publications (n = 34)*
    For a full List of my publications click here [1]
    *Most Recent Publications *
    1) Johansson, M., Östlund, P., Holmqvist, C., &
  • *Wells, M. B.* (2022).
    Family life starts at home: Fathers’ experiences of a newly implemented
    Swedish home-based postnatal care model–An interview study [2].
    /Midwifery, 105/, 103199.
    2) Erlandsson, K., *Wells, M.*, Wagoro, M., Kadango, A., Blomgren, J.,
    Friberg, I. O., Klingberg-Allvin, M., Lelei, A., &
  • Lindgren, H. (2021).
    Implementing an internet-based capacity building program for
    interdisciplinary midwifery-lead teams in Ethiopia, Kenya Malawi and
    Somalia [3]. /Sexual &
  • Reproductive Healthcare, 30/, 100670.
    3) Lee, J.-k., Feinberg, M., &
  • *Wells, M. B.* (2021). The Swedish Brief
    Coparenting Relationship Scale: Psychometrics and Concurrent Validity
    among Primiparous and Multiparous Fathers of Infants [4]. /Family
    Relations, 70/(3), 823-839.
    4) Dehara, M., *Wells, M. B.*, Sjöqvist, H., Kosidou, K., Dalman, C., &

  • Sörberg Wallin, A. (2021). Parenthood is associated with lower suicide
    risk: a register‐based cohort study of 1.5 million Swedes [5]. /Acta
    Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 143/(3), 206-215.
    5) Högberg, H., Pålsson, P., Spak, F., Larsson, M., &
  • *Wells, M. B.*
    (2021). Two screening instruments for collecting alcohol‐related
    information from expectant mothers and fathers: Testing the reliability
    of the Parent Alcohol Screening Questionnaire and the Social Support for
    an Alcohol‐Free Pregnancy Questionnaire [6]. /Health &
  • Social Care in
    the Community/.
    6) *Wells, M. B.*, Delilovic, S., Gunnarsson, M., Dervish, J., von Knorring,
    M., &
  • Hasson, H. (2021). Primary care physicians’ views of standardised
    care pathways in cancer care: A Swedish qualitative study on
    implementation experiences [7]. /European Journal of Cancer Care/,
    7) Johansson, M., *Wells, M. B.*, &
  • Thies-Lagergren, L. (2021). A dreaded
    delight: A longitudinal qualitative interview study of paternal
    childbirth fear during the transition to fatherhood [8]. /European
    Journal of Midwifery, 5/.
    8) *Wells, M. B.*, &
  • Aronson, O. (2021). Paternal postnatal depression and
    received midwifery, child health nurse, and partner support: A
    cross-sectional analysis of primiparous and multiparous fathers [9].
    /Journal of Affective Disorders, 280/, 127-135.
    [1] https://scholar.google.se/citations?user=tNh6HZsAAAAJ&
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    [2] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613821002746
    [3] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S187757562100077X
    [4] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/fare.12503
    [5] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/acps.13240
    [6] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hsc.13303
    [7] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032720329487
    [8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8579550/
    [9] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032720329487


  • Michael has taught at the university level for over a decade. He has
    taught synchronous and asynchronous classes, in person and online, as well
    as hybrid classes in the USA and Sweden. He has taught in multiple
    departments including Women's and Children's Health, Global Public Health,
    Psychology, Sociology, Family Science, and Education.
    He currently is the course coordinator/lecturer for the course: Implementing
    Strategies for Quality Improvement in Healthcare Settings. This course is
    taught for three different groups: 1) Currently working clinicians (e.g.
    doctors, dentists, midwives, nurses, nutritionists, speech and language
    pathologists), 2) master-level Global Sexual and Reproductive Health
    students, and 3) as part of a capacity building program for sub-Saharan
    African nations.
    He is also the course coordinator/lecturer for three master-level courses
    for midwifery students: 1) Research Methods, 2) Global Sexual and
    Reproductive Health, and 3) Thesis Course.


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  • Resebidrag: Helping Families Change Conference: Sydney, Australia: 19-21 February 2014
    Swedish Research Council for Health Working Life and Welfare
    1 February 2014 - 28 February 2014


  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-

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  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2021

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