Elizabeth Pare

Elizabeth Pare

Part-Time Faculty, Public Health
Part-Time Faculty, Sociology

Elizabeth Pare

Dr. Elizabeth Paré is currently the Research, Evaluation, Assessment Consultant in School Culture and Climate at Oakland Schools ISD, focused on social justice, equity, socio-emotional health and wellbeing in schools. Previously she was the Monitoring and Communications Manager and a Co-Investigator for a $2.4 million Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant is housed at Oakland University in the Department of Health Sciences with Dr. Jennifer Lucarelli as the Principal Investigator. In her role, Dr. Paré also works with the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition, which aims to increase healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free living in the Pontiac community.  

In addition to her responsibilities, Dr. Paré is a faculty member in the Public Health program and Department of Sociology at Wayne State University and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Oakland University. She teaches courses on marriage and families, race and gender inequalities, health disparities, and research methods. 
Dr. Paré has also worked with a wide variety of local non-profit and government agencies to improve community health and well-being as a research and evaluation consultant. Her work connects the family, educational system, and local community throughout the life course with a focus on human agency. She has extensive experience in communications, strategic planning, program planning, implementation, and evaluation in community health and well-being initiatives. 


Community & Public Health, Motherhood, Families, Childhood Health, Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality (Intersectionality), Social Inequality, Continuum of Education, Community Based Participatory Research, Evaluation Research

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • PhD, Sociology, Wayne State University, 2009
  • MA, Sociology, Wayne State University, 2003
  • BA, Sociology, Wayne State University, 2000

Selected Publications

Paré, Elizabeth; Body, Katherine; Gilstorf, Sarah & Lucarelli, Jennifer. Forthcoming. “Qualitative Focus Groups: Perceived influences on decision making about diet and physical activity among Hispanic/Latino participants.” Health Promotion Practice.

Paré, Elizabeth. 2017. “Mothering in an Increasingly Uncertain Economic Marketplace: Revisiting the Call for Broader Conceptualizations of Parenthood and Paid Work.” Michigan Family Review, 20(1), 26-36, 2016. DOI: 10.3998/mfr.4919087.0020.105.

Paré, Elizabeth. 2015. ““It’s a Choice”: Graduate Student Mothers’ Sense of Agency in Decision Making.” Journal of Motherhood Initiative: Supporting and Empowering Mothers in the Academe: Strategies for Institutional Change and Individual Agency, 6(2): 52-64.

Beam, Maria; Paré, Elizabeth; Schellenbach, Cynthia; Kaiser, Angela & Murphy, Margaret. 2015. "Early Developmental Screening in High-Risk Communities: Implications for Research and Child Welfare Policy.” The Advanced Generalist: Social Work Research Journal, 1(3/4): 18-36. 

Dillaway, Heather, & Paré, Elizabeth. (2013). “A campaign for good motherhood? Exploring media discourse on Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama during the 2008 Presidential election campaign.” Advances in Gender Research (volume 17), edited by Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Pp. 209 – 239.

Dillaway, Heather, & Paré, Elizabeth. (2008). “Locating mothers: How cultural debates about stay-at-home and working mothers define women and home.” Journal of Family Issues, 29 (4): 437-464.

Paré, Elizabeth, & Dillaway, Heather. (2005). ““Staying at home” versus “working”: A call for broader conceptualizations of parenting and paid work.” Michigan Family Review, 10 (Fall): 66-85.

Currently Teaching

  • PH 3100: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health, 3 cr., Fall 2017

  • SOC 5410: Marriage and Family Problems, 3 cr., Fall 2017

Courses taught

 SOC 5410: Marriage and Family Problems, 3 cr., Fall 2016