Marisa Young is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. Her research investigates the intersection between work, family, and residential contexts to bring a greater understanding to social inequalities in mental health for parents and children.
Her research has been published in well-known journals, such as the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Family Relations, Journal of Family Issues, Society & Mental Health, Social Science Research, and Work & Stress. Her contribution to work and family scholarship has also been notably recognized, receiving several nominations for the prestigious Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.
Dr. Young recently received an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Science and Innovation to examine the impact of family-friendly community resources (FFCR) on parents’ experiences of work-family conflict, health, and well-being over time. Supplemented with SSHRC and CIHR funding, this study takes a unique approach compared to previous research on regional effects, which often relies on census-based measures of disadvantage or aggregated individual-level responses by census tract, for example. The ability to actually measure residential resource availability transcends limitations of these previous studies that, instead, assume that disadvantage markers necessarily imply the absence of resources.