Research Team

Meet the Changing Times Study research team.

The Changing Times Study research team is based out of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Led by Professor Melissa Milkie at the Sociology department, the team is a mix of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Professor Melissa Milkie

Principal Investigator

Melissa Milkie is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and President of the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN). Professor Milkie’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. She is co-author of Changing Rhythms of American Family Life and her research is published in journals such as American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Society 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.

Dr. Casey Scheibling

Postdoctoral Fellow

Casey Scheibling is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Dr. Scheibling’s research interests are in the sociological study of families, gender, culture, and health, with a particular focus on men and fathers. His current research, supported by a SSHRC Insight Development grant, explores the gender identities and emotional well-being of recent fathers in Ontario and Québec. Casey’s research is published in journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Men and MasculinitiesSex Roles, and Symbolic Interaction.

Laila Omar

Graduate Research

Laila is a 4th-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Laila is broadly interested qualitative methods and international migration. Her dissertation research focuses on how Syrian refugee mothers and youth experience time and conceptualize their futures after their resettlement in the host country and during different stages of uncertainty. This research is funded by the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 

Dana Wray

Graduate Research

Dana Wray is a 4th-year PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Dana’s research interests lie at the intersections of family, work, and policy. Her dissertation research uses time use data to examine how parent-child time is shape by work-family policies such as parental leave or workplace flexibility. Dana’s research is funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and is published in Journal of Marriage and Family

Rebecca Nachtigall

Graduate Research

Rebecca is a master’s student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her key interests lie in gender, work, and social policy. Going forward, she hopes to explore these with a particular focus on how non-governmental organizations work with women to navigate employment relationships. 

Michael Bator

Research Assistant

Michael Bator is a 4th-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 the sociological theory of law and rights.

Emilie Stamelos

Research Assistant

Emilie Stamelos holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto Mississauga, and is currently pursuing an equivalence in France. Through her studies of psychology, criminology, and sociology, she has developed a keen enthusiasm in the study of social psychology and mental health.

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