Using Technology in Social Work Practice: The mDad (Mobile Device Assisted Dad) Case Study

  • Shawna J. Lee University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • Tova B. Walsh University of Wisconsin
Keywords: father, fathering, parenting program, intervention, prevention, child welfare

Abstract

Mobile technology presents an exciting opportunity for social workers to reach populations that are typically underserved by interventions and services. We present one application of technology that is particularly relevant to social work practice. The mDad (Mobile Device Assisted Dad) app was developed to augment existing social work practices by providing a father-friendly tool to help new fathers learn about and engage with their infants and toddlers. We discuss the process of developing the app content and conducting usability testing of the mDad app. We conclude with a discussion of the lessons learned from the mDad project, and the challenges of implementation and dissemination of technology-based interventions in community contexts.

Author Biographies

Shawna J. Lee, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Assistant Professor University of Michigan School of Social Work
Tova B. Walsh, University of Wisconsin
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar University of Wisconsin-Madison
Published
2015-07-27