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Caroline McDonald-Harker

Office: B 349V
Phone: 403.440.8753
Fax: 403.440.8420
Email: cmcdonaldharker@mtroyal.ca

Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker is a Sociologist and professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR). Dr. McDonald-Harker’s areas of expertise and research include:

  • Sociology of family
  • Parenting/parenthood
  • Children and youth
  • Sociology of disaster
  • Social psychology
  • Criminology
  • Domestic abuse/violence
  • Sociology of gender
  • Sociology of pornography
  • Social inequality and intersections of gender, race, and social class
  • Qualitative research methods

Dr. McDonald-Harker is committed to engaging in knowledge translation and dissemination of her sociological research, knowledge, and insight into the public realm. She is regularly interviewed by both national and local television, radio, newspaper, and web news media to provide her expert opinion on sociological topics in her areas of expertise.

In addition to other publications, Dr. McDonald-Harker is the author of the recently released book “Mothering In Marginalized Contexts: Narratives of Women Who Mother In and Through Domestic Violence” (February 2016), published with Demeter Press.

http://demeterpress.org/books/mothering-in-marginalized-contexts-narratives-of-women-who-mother-in-and-through-domestic-violence/

This book was listed on the National Post’s Top 10 Bestseller List, just five months after being released. All of Dr. McDonald-Harker’s personal proceeds from the book are being donated to the YWCA Calgary to support women and children who experience domestic violence.

Dr. McDonald-Harker is also currently conducting two community-based research studies on the family, funded by research grants totaling 1.1 million dollars:

  1. As Principal Investigator, Dr. McDonald-Harker, in collaboration with Co-Researcher Dr. Timothy Haney, is currently conducting a 3-year (2014–2017) research study on the 2013 Alberta flood disaster entitled “The Effects of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods”. This study is funded by both a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant of $165,336, and an Institute for Environmental Sustainability Grant of $19,800.

    http://highriverfamilystudy.ca
     
  2. As a Collaborative Co-Lead, Dr. McDonald-Harker, in collaboration with Dr. Julie Drolet from the University of Calgary (Collaborative Lead) and Dr. Robin Cox from Royal Roads University (Collaborative Co-Lead) is also currently conducting a 3-year (2015–2018) research study on children and youth resiliency post-disaster entitled “Alberta Resilient Communities Research Project: Engaging Children and Youth in Community Resilience Post-flood in Southern Alberta”. This study is funded by an Alberta Innovates — Health Solutions (AIHS) CRIO-Population Resiliency Grant of $1,059,716.

    http://arcproject.ca

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. (Doctorate) in Sociology
University of Alberta
Department of Sociology
Edmonton, Alberta
Recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

Master M.A. in Sociology
McGill University
Department of Sociology
Montreal, Quebec
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B.A. Honours in Sociology
Queen’s University
Department of Sociology
Kingston, Ontario
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First Class Standing/Honours

 

COURSES CURRENTLY TEACHING

SLGY 1101: Introduction to Sociology
SLGY 2233: Sociology of Gender
SLGY 2271: Sociology of Families
SLGY 3323: Qualitative Research Methods
SLGY 3335: Gender and Work

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

McDonald-Harker, Caroline and Joanne Minaker (Eds.). (Forthcoming). Mothering in Disasters/Mothering Disasters. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (2016). Mothering in Marginalized Contexts: Narratives of Women Who Mother in and Through Domestic Violence. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press

Book Chapters:

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (2015). “Mothering in the Context of Domestic Violence and Encounters with Child Protection Services: From Victimized to “Criminalized” Mothers.” In B. Hogeveen and J. Minaker (Eds.), Criminalized Mothers: Criminalizing Motherhood (pp. 323-354). Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Journal Articles:

Haney, Timothy J. and Caroline McDonald-Harker. (Forthcoming). “The River is Not the Same Anymore: Environmental Risk and Uncertainty in the Aftermath of the High River, Alberta Flood,” Social Currents.

News Articles:

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (2016). “Family: The Upside of Parenting in a Downturn.” Article written for CBC Calgary: Calgary at a Crossroads Series, Calgary, Alberta, 4 pages. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-downturn-parenting-1.3447483

Reports:

McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Timothy J. Haney. (2016). Knowledge Mobilization Report – “Raging Waters: Coming Together as a Family Following the 2013 Alberta Floods.” Mount Royal University, 3 pages.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Timothy J. Haney, and Alex Christison. (2016).
Knowledge Mobilization Report — “Community Organization Focus Group Report: The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River, Alberta Floods.” Mount Royal University, 54 pages.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Timothy Haney, and Alex Christison. (2015). Knowledge Mobilization Report – “Data Summary: Preliminary Correlations — The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River, Alberta Floods.” Mount Royal University, 28 pages.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Timothy J. Haney, and Alex Christison. (2015). Knowledge Mobilization Report — “Data Summary: Sociodemographic Variables — The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River, Alberta Floods.” Mount Royal University, 29 pages.

Mulatris, Paulin and Caroline McDonald-Harker. (2004). “Identity and Socialization: How the Self-Image of Young Francophone Immigrants of African Descent Influences Their Success.” Heritage Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 57 pages.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline and Herb C. Northcott. (2003). “City of Leduc Census Report 2003.” Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, report written for the City of Leduc, Alberta, 89 pages.

 

RESEARCH STUDIES AND GRANT FUNDING

2016–2017. Collaborative Co-Lead (with Collaborative Co-Lead Dr. Julie Drolet and Collaborative Co-Lead Dr. Robin Cox). “A Peer Support and Mentoring Pilot Project for Community Service Providers and Children/Youth in Fort McMurray, Alberta: Developing Collaborative Support for Community Resilience and Disaster Recovery.” Funded by the Centre for Community Disaster Research — Quick Response Grant, 1 year, $15,000.

2015–2018. Collaborative Co-Lead (with Collaborative Lead Dr. Julie Drolet and Collaborative Co-Lead Dr. Robin Cox). “Alberta Resilient Communities Research Project: Engaging Children and Youth in Community Resilience Post-flood in Southern Alberta”. Funded by Alberta Innovates — Health Solutions (AIHS) CRIO-Population Resiliency Grant, 3 years, $1,059,716.

2014–2017. Principal Investigator (with co-researcher Timothy Haney). “The Effects of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods”. Funded by SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, 3 years, $165,336.

2014–2015. Principal Investigator (with co-researcher Timothy Haney). “The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family and Communities, and Ensuring Environmental and Social Sustainability: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods”. Funded by Institute for Environmental Sustainability Grant, 1 year, $19,800.

2004–2009. Collaborative Member of the Alberta Research Team (Principal Investigator Jane Ursul). “The Healing Journey: A Longitudinal Study of Women Who Have Been Abused by Intimate Partners.” Funded by SSHRC Community-University Research Alliances (CURA), $1,000,000.

2003–3004. Co-Research (with Principal Investigator Paulin Mulatris). “Identity and Adaptation: How Self-Image Affects the Ambition of African Francophone Immigrant Youth.” Funded by Heritage Canada.

 

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Drolet, Julie, Cox, Robin, and McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (November 2016). “Alberta Resilient Communities: A Collaborative Research Initiative on Engaging Children and Youth in Community Resilience Post-Flood in Southern Alberta.” Canadian Risk and Hazards Network, Montreal, Quebec.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline, and Joanne Minaker. (October 2016). “The Role and Influence of Mother-Care In Environmental Disasters.” Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Toronto, Ontario.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (August 2016). “From Crisis to Resilience: The Lived Experiences of Mothers and Children in the Context of Domestic Violence.” XXIst ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Calgary, Alberta.

Drolet, Julie, Cox, Robin, and McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (August 2016). “Alberta Resilient Communities Project – Children and the Crisis of Environmental Disasters Understanding Impacts and Resiliency Strategies.” XXIst ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Calgary, Alberta.

Haney, Timothy J. and McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (August 2016). “The River Is Not the Same Anymore: Environmental Awareness and the High River Flood.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline and Haney, Timothy J. (June 2016). “Parent-Child Relationships in the Aftermath of a Disaster: Family Challenges, Complexities, and Opportunities Resulting From the 2013 Alberta Flood.” Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Calgary, Alberta.

Drolet, Julie, Cox, Robin, and McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (June 2016). “Engaging Children and Youth in Community Resilience Post-Flood in Southern Alberta.” Canadian Association for Social Work Education, Calgary, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (June 2015). “Abused Mothers Encounters and Experiences with Child Protection Services in Contemporary Neo-Liberal Times: From Victimized to Responsibilized.” Annual Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline and Haney, Timothy J. (June 2015). “Community
Understandings of Environmental Sustainability Following the 2013 High River, Alberta Floods.” Annual Canadian Sociology Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (May 2014). “Mothers in Academia: Negotiating the Discourses of the ‘Good Mother’ and the ‘Good Academic’”. Annual Canadian Sociological Association Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (May 2014). “Without a Home - The Impact of Environmental Disasters on the Family: How the 2013 High River, Alberta Floods Impact Parents, Children, and the Day-to-Day Functioning of the Family.” Annual Canadian Sociological Association Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (June 2013). “Thinking and Doing ‘Mama-search’: Feminist Research on Mothering and Inquiries into Mixed Methods.” Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.

Nixon, Kedra, Tutty, Leslie, Radtke, Lorraine, Goard, Carolyn, McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Van Brunschot, Erin & Ateah, Christine. (November 2010). The Protective Strategies of Abused Mothers: Usage and Efficacy. RESOLVE Alberta Research Day 2010, Calgary, Alberta.

Nixon, Kedra, Tutty, Leslie, Radtke, Lorraine, Goard, Carolyn, McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Van Brunschot, Erin & Ateah, Christine. (May 2010). The Protective Strategies of Abused Mothers: Usage and Efficacy. 2010 Joining Together: Changes and Challenges in Child Maltreatment. Calgary, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (May 2010). “The Struggles and Strategies of Being a Mother in an Abusive Social Context.” Annual Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

Nixon, Kedra, Tutty, Leslie, Radtke, Lorraine, Goard, Carolyn, McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Van Brunschot, Erin, & Ateah, Christine. (November 2009). The Protective Strategies of Abused Mothers: Usage and Efficacy. RESOLVE Research Day 2009, Regina, Saskatchewan.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (May 2009). “Abused Women's Subjective Mothering Identities: The Role of Dominant Mothering Ideologies.” Canadian Law and Society Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.

Nixon, Kedra, Tutty, Leslie, Radtke, Lorraine, Goard, Carolyn, McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Van Brunschot, Erin. (March 2009). Abused Women’s Mothering: Challenges & Protective Strategies. Faculty of Social Work: Research & Practice. Calgary, Alberta.

Nixon, Kedra, Tutty, Leslie, Radtke, Lorraine, Goard, Carolyn, McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Van Brunschot, Erin. (November 2008). Abused Women’s Mothering: Challenges & Protective Strategies.Abused women’s mothering: Challenges & protective strategies. RESOLVE Research Day 2008, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (October 2008). “Examining the Mothering Experiences of Abused Women: The Implications of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Investigation.” The 9th Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (September 2007). “Feminist Criminological Research and the Possibility(ies) of Methodological Pluralism.” The 8th Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (February 2007). “The Great Divide? Mainstream and Critical Criminological Approaches to the Study of Youth Crime and Youth Justice.” The 34th Western Society of Criminology Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (February 2006). “The Victimization of Women and Its Effects: Individual Versus Structural Level Factors.” The 33rd Western Society of Criminology Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (April 2004). “The Implication of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Of Investigation On the Treatment of Young Offenders With Mental Health Problems.” The 10th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Banff, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (November 2003). “Substance Use Among Battered Women: An Examination of The Role of Factors Antecedent to Victimization.” David Pierce Research Colloquium, The University of Alberta, Department of Sociology, Edmonton, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (May 2003). “Substance Use Among Battered Women: An Examination of the Role of Factors Antecedent to Victimization.” The National Canadian Society of Criminology, Toronto, Ontario.

 

COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS

McDonald-Harker, Caroline (January 23, 2016). “The Normalization of Pornography in Our Everyday Lives: Gender, Interactions, and Relationships.” SPARC: Seeing Pornography Affects Relationships Convention, University of Calgary Campus, Calgary, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline (March 25, 2015). “The River Is Not The Same Anymore”: What Can The 2013 High River Flood Teach us about Human-Environment Interaction.” (with Timothy J. Haney). The Institute for Environmental Sustainability Seminar Series, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (August 4, 2014). “Post-Disaster Coping & Future Emergency Preparedness for Families & Seniors.” Bow Valley College, High River Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (May 15, 2014). “Mothering in the Social Context of Domestic Abuse and Intersections of Gender, Race, and Social Class: Understanding the Difficulties, Challenges, and Needs of Abused Mothers.” Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society, Calgary, Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (March 20, 2014). “Parenting Through Disasters: How Parents Can Assist, Support, and Care for Their Children Post-Disaster.” Bow Valley College, High River Alberta.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (March 13, 2014). “Post-Disaster Coping & Future Emergency Preparedness for Families & Seniors.” Bow Valley College, High River Alberta.

 

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

“Addressing Pornography in the Education System.” Television interview with CTV Two, Alberta Primetime, November 25, 2016.
http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1003687&binId=1.2002989&playlistPageNum=1

Calgary University Introduces Fall Reading Week to Support Students’ Mental Health.” Radio Interview with News Talk 770, November 21, 2016. (Date November 21, Time 4:00pm, 17:09)
http://www.newstalk770.com/audio-on-demand-2/

“Women Make Up Vast Majority of Those Leaving Alberta, Statistics Canada Data Suggests.” Television interview with CBC Calgary news at 11, September 29, 2016.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-population-migration-statistics-canada-1.3783914

“Study Focused on Resiliency in Southern Alberta.” Newspaper interview with High River Times, July 28, 2016.
http://www.highrivertimes.com/2016/07/28/study-focused-on-resiliency-in-southern-alberta

“Mount Royal Professor Learned a Lot at Cornwall’s Centre for Abused Women and Children.” Newspaper interview with Cornwall Seaway News, July 20, 2016.
http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/News/2016-07-20/article-4592675/Mount-Royal-Professor-learned-lessons-in-dealing-with-domestic-abuse-from-Baldwin-House/1

“Surviving the Slump: How Parents Can Use Hard Times as a Teaching Tool.” Television interview with Global News Calgary, Surviving the Slump Series, June 29, 2016.
http://globalnews.ca/news/2795248/surviving-the-slump-how-parents-can-use-hard-times-as-a-teaching-tool/?sf29959848=1

“The Economic Downturn and Involving Children in Family Budgeting.” Television interview with Global News Calgary news at 6, June 29, 2016.

“A Social Connection.” Magazine interview with Summit Magazine, June 23, 2016.
http://mtroyal.ca/Summit/humanconnection.htm#.V2uKL_LbV1Q.facebook

“Social Media During the Fort McMurray Wildfire.” Radio interview with CBC Radio – Alberta at Noon, June 6, 2016.
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2690108279

“New Book on Mothers and Domestic Violence, Professor from Mount Royal University.” Radio Interview with CBC Radio – The Homestretch, May 5, 2016.

“Groundbreaking Study on Mothers Living in Shelters.” Television interview with CTV Two, Alberta Primetime, May 2, 2016.
http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=861525&binId=1.2002989&playlistPageNum=2

“MRU Sociology Professor Donates Proceeds of Book to YWCA.” Newspaper Interview with Metro News Calgary, May 1, 2016.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/05/01/mru-sociology-professor-donates-proceeds-of-book-to-ywca.html

“Designing Sustainable, Flexible and Accessible Calgary Homes: Calgary’s Rapidly Changing Population is Fuelling Innovations in Home Design.” Magazine interview with Avenue Calgary magazine, May 1, 2016.
http://www.avenuecalgary.com/City-Life/Real-Estate/Designing-Sustainable-Flexible-and-Accessible-Calgary-Homes-Housebrand-FAB-Homes-Harmony-Springbank/

“Are Dating Apps Really to Blame for Spikes in Sexually Transmitted Diseases?” Television interview with CTV National News, April 30, 2016.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/are-dating-apps-really-to-blame-for-spikes-in-sexually-transmitted-diseases-1.2882367

“Alberta STI Outbreak Result of ‘Hook-Up’ Culture: MRU Prof.” Newspaper interview with Metro News Calgary, April 27, 2016.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/04/27/alberta-sti-outbreak-result-of-hook-up-culture-mru-prof.html

“Sociologist Supporting YWCA Through Proceeds From New Book.” Print interview with Mount Royal University Newsroom, April 18, 2016.
https://mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/MediaRoom/Newsroom/mcdonaldharkerywca.htm

“Social Media Influences and Celebrity Opinion.” Radio interview with Newstalk 610 CKTB Radio Ontario. December 16, 2015.
https://soundcloud.com/bryanweismillermru/12162015_mru_610cktb_celebrities

“No Progress on Identifying Barriers for Kids in Court; OCYA Reports.” Newspaper interview with Metro News Calgary. December 11, 2015.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2015/12/10/no-progress-identifying-barriers-kids-in-court-ocya-report.html

“Chinook Leaves Leo Dicaprio Concerned – Climate Change.” Television interview with CTV News Calgary. December 9, 2015.
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=766850&binId=1.1201914&playlist PageNum=1

This interview also appeared, among others, in:

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/actor+leonardo+dicaprio+mocked+fear+over+warm+calgary/11578076/story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/10/actor-leonardo-dicaprio-mocked-for-fear-over-warm-calgary-winds-called-chinooks_n_8766442.html

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/10/leonardo-dicaprio-mocked-for-confusing-canadas-chi/

“Street Treat: Why the Donair is the Staple Late-Night Dining.” Newspaper interview with Calgary Herald. November 20, 2015.
http://calgaryherald.com/life/swerve/street-treat-why-the-donair-is-the-staple-of-late-night-dining

“Social Media Reacts to Tragic News of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s Death.” Television interview with Global News Calgary. September 16, 2015.
http://globalnews.ca/video/2225322/social-media-reacts-to-tragic-news-of-hailey-dunbar-blanchettes-death-2

“Research on Human Impact of 2013 High River Flood.” Radio interview with Charmers Almanac: CJSW 90.9FM. June 26, 2015.

“Investigating Disaster Impact and Resiliency of Children from the 2013 Floods.” Television interview with Global News Calgary television. 2015, June 22.
http://globalnews.ca/news/2069230/study-investigates-disaster-impact-resiliency-of-kids-in-2013-floods/

“Gathering Lessons Learned from Flood Survivors in Alberta.” Newspaper and Video Interview with Calgary Herald. June 22, 2015.
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/academics-to-gather-lessons-learned-from-flood-survivors

“Resiliency in Children and Youth From the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods.” Video and print interview with Alberta Innovates: Health Solutions website. June 22, 2015.
http://www.aihealthsolutions.ca/news-and-events/media-centre/new-research-examines-resiliency-in-children-and-youth-from-the-2013-southern-alberta-floods/

“Children and Resiliency in the Wake of the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood.” Radio Interview with 660 News Radio. June 22, 2015.

“Research Looks to Pinpoint Resiliency in Children and Youth Post-Disaster.” Radio interview with 770 News Radio. June 22, 2015.
https://www.newstalk770.com/2015/06/22/68227/

“Research Looks to Pinpoint Resiliency in Youth After-Disasters.” Radio interview with Fresh Radio 100.5. June 22, 2015.
http://www.1005freshradio.ca/syn/98/68227/68227

“Talking to High River Residents: The 2013 High River Flood: Impacts on the Family.” Radio interview with CBC Radio Calgary: The Eyeopener. July 30, 2014.
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2482974087

“Mothering and Domestic Abuse.” Radio interview with Yeah What She Said: CJSW 90.9 FM. June 30, 2014.

“Researchers Aim to Improve Disasters Response.” Newspaper interview with High River Times newspaper. July 23, 2014.
http://www.highrivertimes.com/2014/07/17/researchers-aim-to-improve-disaster-response

 

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Sociological Association, January 2016 – Present

Member, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, January 2016 – Present

Member, Gender & Disaster Network, September 2014 – Present

Member, Canadian Sociological Association, January 2010 – Present

Sustaining Member, Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, January 2010 – Present