Dr. Donna Lero
Dr. Donna S. Lero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph and holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work. She directs a program of research on public policy, workplace practice and community supports in the University's Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, which she co-founded. The Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre that provides an important focus for faculty and students with shared interests in various aspects of work-life. The Centre's mission is to use research and teaching expertise to promote individual and family well-being, responsive and productive work environments, and strong, sustainable communities.
Dr. Lero teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Social Policy. She has been involved in Canadian research and policy analysis on work and family issues in a variety of areas, including child care, support for parents of children with disabilities, parental leave, self-employment for women, and work and elder care. She is the author of over 50 book chapters, articles and government reports.
In the last two years, Dr. Lero has developed an inventory of policies that affect fathers for the Father Involvement Research Alliance (FIRA) project, co-edited The Handbook of Work-Family Integration: Research, Theories, and Best Practices and completed a literature review on issues involved in combining work and elder care. Her current projects include an international study of work-family conflict and research on student parents attending college and university.