PACT Team

Melissa Milkie 
Principal Investigator
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga 
Chair of the Graduate Department, University of Toronto 

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Melissa Milkie is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and Chair of the Graduate Department. Melissa’s research focuses on structural and cultural changes in gender, work and family life over recent decades and how work-family configurations are linked to mental health and well-being. Recently, she has examined time allocations of and time pressures on parents; work-family conflicts and health; and cultural contestations of family in media. Currently she is examining some key parental strains, including time strains, parenting stressors in the 2020 pandemic, and challenges in integrating children in new communities following migration. As principal investigator for a current SSHRC Insight Grant, Melissa examines complexities of parent-child time together and apart in Canada and the U.S. Her research has also been supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is published in journals such as American Sociological ReviewSocial ForcesJournal of Marriage and FamilySociety and Mental Health and Social Psychology Quarterly, among others. Recently, she was named as one of the top-cited work-family researchers in the world by the Work-Family Researchers Network (WFRN). 


Irene Boeckmann
Co-Investigator
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto 

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Irene Boeckmann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Irene’s work focuses on gender, work, families and public policies. In addition to her research experience in the areas of gender, work, and families, she brings extensive experience working with various large quantitative data sets to the project. Her publications include several peer-reviewed journal articles on the links between public policies and mothers’ employment outcomes in countries across Europe and North America. In her current work, she examines the work-family nexus from the perspective of fathers, including how workplace policies and men’s occupational characteristics are related to fathers’ involvement in their children’s daily lives using Canadian and American time-use data. In her second strand of research, she investigates how couples with children organize their engagement in paid work across different work-family policy and cultural contexts using cross-national longitudinal labour market and household survey data from Europe and North America. Her research has been published in Social ForcesWork and OccupationsSocial Politics and more. 


Dana Wray
Research Assistant 

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Dana Wray is a 4th-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests lie in the fields of family, work, and social policy. More specifically, Dana uses time use data to explore how parental time with children is shaped by policies such as parental leave or workplace flexibility policies in the Canadian and international context. Her research is funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and has recently been published in Journal of Marriage and Family


Michael Bator
Research Assistant





Michael Bator is a 3rd-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Through his studies of criminology, and sociology, he grew interested in social psychology, the sociology of mental health, and looks to examine their possible applications within the field of policing.


Cheryl Chin
Research Assistant



Cheryl Chin is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Mississauga, having completed her Honours Bachelor’s Degree majoring in geographical information system and criminology. With a skill set in assimilating information and analyzing data, Cheryl aims to utilize location-based intelligence to support public safety initiatives and empower local, marginalized communities. 


Emilie Stamelos
Research Assistant




Emilie Stamelos is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Psychology (with a minor in Sociology). She has a keen interest in research related to Psychology and acquiring a deeper understanding of the sociology of mental health and relationship dynamics.


Alumni of the PACT Team

Julia Ingenfeld
Research Assistant (2019-2020)

Maryam Rahal
Research Assistant (2020)

Marcus Sangha
Research Assistant (2020)