Elizabeth Pare

Elizabeth Pare

Part-Time Faculty

Elizabeth Pare


Public Health

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 well-being in schools. In her role, she provides support to all 28 school districts and public schools in Oakland County to improve school culture and climate and well-being for both student and all education staff. Her work includes professional learning and workshops on these key areas.

Further, she is a team member of the Here4U project which provides evidence based training for high school student led teams to raise awareness about depression, anxiety and stress for students and healthy coping mechanisms. 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) working with institutions in the City of Pontiac. In her role, Dr. Paré also worked with the Oakland County Health Division & Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition, which aims to increase healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free living in the Pontiac community. She has also worked with agencies on different needs throughout the life course, from infancy until "old" age.

In addition to her responsibilities, Dr. Paré is a faculty member in the Public Health program 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 aging, 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 across life entire lifespan 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


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Wayne State University, 2009
  • M.A., Sociology, Wayne State University, 2004
  • B.A., Sociology, Wayne State University, 2000

Selected publications

  • Dillaway, Heather & Paré, Elizabeth. 2021. "Reconfiguring Motherhood and Paid Work: The Time- and Space-Based Contexts of COVID-19." Journal of Mother Studies
  • Paré, Elizabeth; Body, Katherine; Gilstorf, Sarah & Lucarelli, Jennifer. 2019. "The Role of Food Gateways at Increasing Access to Alternative Retail Food Outlets." Translational Behavior Medicine. 9, 5, 884-887
  • Paré, Elizabeth; Body, Katherine; Gilstorf, Sarah & Lucarelli, Jennifer. 2019. “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