F31 Predoctoral Fellow
Jacqueline Kent-Marvick, BSN, has a background in nursing education and management. She is a PhD candidate whose program of research focuses broadly on perinatal health promotion. More specifically, she is interested in the impact of social relationships on health behaviors and outcomes.
Her doctoral research investigates the association between characteristics of social networks and postpartum diet, activity, and weight. While most research in this area has focused on individual-level factors such as diet and activity, little research has investigated how social relationships impact these weight-related behaviors and outcomes. Her mixed methods study will bring together social network analysis with women’s experiences of their postpartum social networks.
As part of her training, Jacqueline is working closely with her faculty mentors to develop the relevant research skills and knowledge to conduct this work, including a year-long mentorship engagement with the Duke Network Analysis Center, and an intensive traineeship in the University of Utah’s Clinical and Translational Research Center Metabolic Kitchen. Currently, she is working with her primary mentor Dr. Sara Simonsen on community-engaged research investigating a number of reproductive health-related topics, including intimate partner violence, pre-productive health, and cardiometabolic risk perceptions. As a member of this team, Jacqueline has gained an appreciation for the need for community engagement in the production and translation of science. Jacqueline lives in rural Utah with her husband, son and daughter, and their standard poodle. In her free time, she enjoys watching the wildlife in her backyard while flower gardening, paper crafting, watching classic and independent movies, and spending time with friends.
Dissertation focus: Jacqueline’s F31 entitled “Examining associations between social network characteristics, obesity-related health behaviors, and weight retention among a sample of postpartum women from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds” (1F31NR020431-01) is a mixed methods investigation using quantitative surveys, social network interviews, and semi-structured interviews in order to learn social network characteristics that are associated with postpartum weight-related behaviors and outcomes, and important ways women perceive their social relationships impacting their postpartum diet, activity, and weight.
F31 Sponsor & Faculty Mentor: Sara Simonsen, PhD, CNM, MSPH
- Kent-Marvick, J., Simonsen S. E., Pentecost, R., & McFarland, M. (2020). Loneliness in pregnant and postpartum women and parents of children aged five years or younger: A scoping review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 9(213). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01469-5
- Morse, J. M., Kent-Marvick, J., Barry, L. A., Harvey, J., Okang, E. N., Rudd, E. A., Wang, C.-Y., & Williams, M. R. (2020). Developing The Resilience Framework for Nursing and Healthcare [in review]. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. College of Nursing, University of Utah.
- Sisler, S., Kent-Marvick, J., Wawrzynski, S. E., Pentecost, & R., Coombs, L. A. (2021). Social isolation and social media consumption among graduate students during COVID-19: An examination using Social Comparison Theory. October 15, 2021, from https://jahse.med.utah.edu/social-isolation-and-social-media-consumption-among-graduate-students-during-covid-19-an-examination-using-social-comparison-theory/.
- Thomas Hebdon, M. C., Jones, M., Neller, S., Kent-Marvick, J., Thomas, M., Stewart, M., Aaron, S., Wilson, C., Peterson, N., & Ellington, L (GP704). (2022). Stress and supportive care needs of Millennial caregivers: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 63(6), 1113-1114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.painsymman.2022.04.095