My in-box is overflowing with research requests related to birth, parenting, and motherhood. If you want to contribute to what is known about any of these subject areas (either by being interviewed by a journalist, offering to be a research participant in a study, submitting an article to a journal, or speaking at a conference), there are certainly opportunities galore. Here's a roundup of the latest requests.
The Toronto Star would like to interview new moms about their birth experiences. Did your labour and delivery go as planned? How did you feel about your experience? Contact reporter Francine Kopun at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10. With your permission, your story may become part of a Living feature in the Star.
CARING FOR A PERSON WITH AN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is conducting a survey of family needs associated with caring for a person with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you are a family member of an adult or youth with ASD, your participation would be appreciated. The purpose of the survey is to find out about how you and your family handle stresses, how you feel, and what kind of services you use. The survey is confidential. In order to understand families' experiences, family members are asked to complete an online questionnaire. Participation takes approximately 30 minutes. Please call 416-535-8501, ext 7813, or email email@example.com for more information. To participate, go to www.familyprojects.ca (The Family Study).
BULLYING AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is conducting an online survey to learn about the experiences of bullying in children and youth with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. They are interested in interviewing parents of children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. The focus of this project is to better understand the experience of bullying among students with Asperger syndrome and Autism across Canada. The research is being conducted primarily by a doctoral student, Catherine Cappadocia, and researcher, Dr. Jonathan Weiss, from York University. The online survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Any questions or concerns about this project can be directed to Catherine Cappadocia, M.A., Project Coordinator by phone at (647) 283-2585 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To participate, go to www.familyprojects.ca (The Family Study).
The Association for Research on Mothering has been reborn as The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI). It is continuing its proud tradition of research into motherhood with an impressive publishing and conference schedule for 2010. If you write or speak about motherhood, you'll want to check out these recent calls for submissions (see partial list below); and to plan to attend MIRCI's upcoming Gala Literary Night Fundraiser on May 21, 2010, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm at Ryerson Oakham House.° Motherhood and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering (Conference: October 21 to 24, Toronto, Canada): Deadline for Abstract and Bio: August 1, 2010.