Research Associate

Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition; Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work, Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, University of Guelph

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Donna Lero co-founded the University’s Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, where she leads a program of research on public policies, workplace practices and community supports.

Donna has authored or co-authored over 40 major reports and book chapters on a range of topics related to the integration of work and caregiving roles across the life course including parental leave, child care, caregiving for adults and aging family members, work-family stress, and flexible work arrangements. Her recent research focuses on two themes: (1) Understanding how to best support caregiving and work roles from the perspective of employees with caregiving responsibilities, employers and managers; and (2) Strategies for accommodating employees with disabilities (including episodic disabilities) in the workplace.

Selected publications 

Lero, D. S., & Korabik, K. (In press). The work-family interface in Canada. In Z. Ayman, & K. Korabik (Eds.). The Work-Family Interface in a Global Context. London: Routledge.

Hilbrecht, M., Lero, D., Schryer, E. & Mock, S. E. (In press). Understanding the association between time spent caregiving and wellbeing among employed adults: Testing a model of work-life fit and sense of community. Community, Work and Family.

Schryer, E., Mock, S. E., Hilbrecht, M., Lero, D., & Smale, B. (2015). Use of leisure facilities and wellbeing of adult caregivers. Leisure Sciences. 1-17. doi 10.1080/01490400.2015.1038373

Keating, N., Fast, J., Lero, D., Lucas, S., & Eales, J. (2014). A taxonomy of the economic costs of family care to adults. The Journal of Economics of Aging, 3, 11–20.

Korabik, K., Lero, D.S., & Whitehead, D. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of Work-Family Integration: Theories, Perspectives and Best Practices. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

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