Dr. Donna S. Lero is a 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 practices 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, father involvement, 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 few years, Dr. Lero has co-edited The Handbook of Work-Family Integration: Research, Theories, and Best Practices and conducted research on the availablility of Canadian workplace practices to support new parents as well as employees with adult or elder care responsibilities. Her current projects include collaborative research on factors affecting workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities and episodic health conditions and the availability and impacts of community resources on family caregivers.