Promoting Positive Parenting

The Promoting Positive Parenting project was launched in 2007 to test the effectiveness of a cell-phone enhanced home visitation program in at-risk communities surrounding the University of Notre Dame and the University of Kansas' Juniper Gardens Children's Project in Kansas City, KS.

Research Overview

Mothers at risk of neglecting their children are randomly assigned to one of three groups: Planned Activities Training, Planned Activities Training with Cell-Phone Enhancements, and a Wait-List Control.  The anticipation was that cell phone supports (calls and twice-daily text messages) will increase intervention retention and engagement, as well as generalization of the new skills to other daily activities.  

Funded By

Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Doris Duke Foundation

Age Group

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Middle Childhood
  • Young Adults


  • Judy Carta, Ph.D. (PI), University of Kansas
  • John Borkowski, Ph.D. (PI)
  • Jennifer Burke Lefever, Ph.D. (Co-I)
  • Jeanne Mattei, MSW (Co-I)