Research team

We are professors, researchers, mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts… We love to learn, are inspired by the stories we hear and hope to make a difference through our work.



Shannon Hebblethwaite, PhD

Shannon is an associate professor in Concordia’s Department of Applied Human Sciences with a Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Family Relations from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on social inclusion and the impact of leisure on well-being in a variety of contexts, including older adults, three-generation families, first-time mothers, and individuals with disabilities. Shannon has a keen interest in families and the role of leisure in family relationships. To see Shannon’s full profile, click here



Stephanie Paterson, PhD

Stephanie is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. She received her PhD in policy studies from Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Her work focuses on the ways in which public policy both reflects and shapes shared meanings and lived experience. She has published in areas such as midwifery policy, violence against women, and gender-based analysis in Canada. Her interest in this project concerns the ways in which motherhood becomes a political category and how this is lived in the everyday. To see Stephanie’s full profile click here.


Dawn Trussell, PhD

Dawn is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. Her work focuses on family life, leisure experiences, and parenting values and beliefs. Dawn has a keen interest in diverse social contexts such as new parenting, children’s organized sport, homelessness, and LGBTQ+ families. To see Dawn’s full profile click here.



 Lindsay Larios, MSW

Lindsay is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University with a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University. Her research focuses on critical analysis of labour and migration policy and the practice of care.




Lisa Petty, MA

Lisa is a doctoral student in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University with a Master’s degree in Applied Health Sciences from Brock University. Her research focuses on leisure, health and the aging process, specifically in relation to women’s lives.



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