Research Project Looking for New Parents

Parenthood is full of surprises, hopes and challenges, and one of the biggest challenge is how parents manage the transition to new parenthood. Sandy Wolkoof, a social worker and doctoral candidate at Adelphi University in Garden City, is looking to meet new parents who could spare less than 30 minutes to assist with a research project to study how couples feel after having a baby.

Participation includes a one-time meeting to have both moms and dads complete paper and pencil surveys. Interviews can be arranged at a time and place of the parents’ convenience. Participants can also choose to enter to win one of five $30 gift cards. Should something come up, parents can discontinue their involvement at any time.

Parents can qualify for this study if:

  • They just had their first child
  • Their baby is between 2-18 months old
  • They are over 21 years of age
  • They have been together for at least 18 months when their baby was born

If parents are in parent groups or play groups, Wolkoof would happy to meet with several moms and dads at a time or set aside a block of time and have parents drop by as they can. Wolkoof can also offer flexibility regarding meeting location, like getting a room at a local library, meeting at a back table at Panera’s, at her office in Greenvale or at someone’s home.

If interested in participating, please contact Sandy Wolkoof at 516-972-4194, or

Sandra R. Wolkoff Bio
Sandra R. Wolkoff, LCSW-R, is the former Director of the Marks Family Right from the Start 0-3+ Center, the early childhood mental health site of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center in Nassau County.  Ms. Wolkoff developed the Training and Consultation Services at the Center that included curricula for frontline professionals working with young children and their families as well as a mental health consultation program for Head Start centers that was recognized nationally as a model of best practice. Ms. Wolkoff was a trainer on the treatment of traumatized children for the NYC Department of Mental Health after 9/11.

Ms. Wolkoff developed and supervised the Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Program and has worked with the Nassau County Perinatal Coalition, Postpartum Resource Center of New York State and the National Parent-Child Home Program, among others, to provide training on the recognition and the treatment of postpartum depression. She was chair of the Perinatal Mood Best Practices Task Force of Nassau County.

Former host of her own Cablevision show, Ages & Stages, Ms. Wolkoff has been a columnist and edited two books for parents and educators on child and family life issues. Ms. Wolkoff is a member of the Academy of Fellows at Zero To Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and their Parents, in Washington, DC.  and is a board member of the NYC Zero to Three Network.

She received her BA from CCNY and her Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University. She is completing her PhD. in Social Work at Adelphi University.


By Maria Adcock

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