Diana Parry – Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

Diana Parry – Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo


New and experienced mothers often face
isolation and loneliness after the birth of a child. Technology specifically
online communities can provide a critical source of support. My name is
Diana Parry, and I’m a researcher in Recreation and Leisure Studies. To get an
understanding of how women experience motherhood and even protect themselves
from postpartum depression we’re conducting interviews with women
who belong Mom’s Town which is an online community that brings women together
face-to-face and online. My research creates awareness around women’s
experiences of motherhood and the mechanisms they need in order to connect thereby positively influencing their well-being. There’s been insufficient attention to
women’s experiences of motherhood even though motherhood is experienced by so
many people. Supervising graduate students is an incredibly rewarding
component of my job. It enables me to connect with the ideas
and challenges that grad students want to explore work as part of a team and
also foster research skills in the next generation of scholars. Graduate studies
in recreation and leisure studies is important because it exposes students to
fundamental issues connected to well-being which is an often undervalued
component of our society. Teaching brings research to life. It’s the forum in which professors share
and dialogue around the various issues that they explore in their research. It’s
a critical component of my job.

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