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Caitlin Mulcahy
Caitlin Mulcahy
Assistant Professor
Department of Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies

PhD, University of Waterloo

MA, University of Waterloo

BA Honours, St. Francis Xavier University


Dr. Mulcahy is currently on a leave of absence.



Caitlin Mulcahy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF). Originally from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Dr. Mulcahy received an honours BA in Sociology from St. Francis Xavier University (2005), and went on to complete an MA (2007) and PhD (2013) in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. As an instructor, Dr. Mulcahy has taught courses surrounding marriage, the family, sex, pop culture, and gender and leisure, and has done so in departments of sociology, women’s studies, and recreation and leisure studies; she enjoys the challenges and opportunities created by the interdisciplinary classroom and is committed to fostering meaningful, engaging, inspiring relationships with her students.


Dr. Mulcahy’s research focuses on a sociology of the intimate through a feminist lens, connecting private experiences of friendship and family back to the dominant gender discourses that shape everyday life. Her research has explored intimate contexts such as women’s diary-keeping, friendships between cancer patients, connections made between new mothers, and for her dissertation research, the intimate context of family memory keeping and the loss of a mother’s memory to dementia. She frequently turns to evocative qualitative methodologies (autoethnography, performance text, narrative analysis, and so forth) to shape these projects and communicate the findings, as well. Dr. Mulcahy’s future research will continue to critically examine gendered labour, family memory, and contemporary experiences and constructions of motherhood.


When not teaching, engaging in research, or spending time with her spouse and three young children, Dr. Mulcahy is a voracious reader of fiction, embarrassingly industrious consumer of pop culture, and unenthusiastic runner.


Dr. Mulcahy is currently on a leave of absence.


The content that follows may only represent a portion of the Faculty member’s work



Mulcahy, C.M. (in progress). Evocative inquiry: Changing the world, one story at a time. In C.W. Johnson & D.C. Parry (Eds.), Conducting qualitative research to change the world. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.



Mulcahy, C.M., Parry, D.C., & Glover, T.D. (under review). From mothering without a net to mothering on the Net: The impact of an online social networking site on experiences of postpartum depression. Canadian Journal of Public Health.


Parry, D.C., Glover, T.D., & Mulcahy, C.M. (2013). From “stroller-stalker” to “momancer”: Courting friends through a social networking site for mothers. Journal of Leisure Research45(1), 22-45.


Glover, T.D., Parry, D.C., & Mulcahy, C.M. (in press, 2012). At once liberating and exclusionary? A Lefebvrean analysis of Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto. Leisure Studies.


Mulcahy, C.M. & Parry, D.C. (2011). Awakenings: A performance text about first time mothers making connections. International Review of Qualitative Research4(4), 335-352.


Mulcahy, C.M., Parry, D.C., & Glover, T.D. (2010). The “patient patient”: The trauma of waiting and the power of resistance for people living with cancer. Qualitative Health Research, 20(8), 1062-1075. 


Mulcahy, C.M., Parry, D.C., & Glover, T.D. (2010). Play-group politics: A critical social capital exploration of exclusion and conformity in mummies groups. Leisure Studies, 29(1), 3-27.


Mulcahy, C.M., Parry, D.C., & Glover, T.D. (2009). Between diagnosis and death: A performance text about cancer, shadows, and the ghosts we cannot escape. International Review of Qualitative Research, 2(1), 29-42.


Mulcahy, C.M. (2008). Ladies of leisure: Parks, policy, and the ‘problem’ of prostitution. Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism & Recreation Research, 1(1), 2-8.



Conference Presentations (Peer-Reviewed)

Mulcahy, C.M., Parry, D.C. & Glover, T.D. (2012, October). “From mothering without a net to mothering on the Net: The impact of an online social networking site on experiences of postpartum depression.” Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research, Montréal, QC, Canada, October 29-31, 2012.


Glover, T.D., Parry, D.C., & Mulcahy, C.M. (2012, July). “It takes a(n online) village of mothers: An exploration of a social networking site, sociability, and the development of social capital.” Leisure Studies Association Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 17-19, 2012.


Mulcahy, C.M., Parry, D.C. & Glover, T.D. (2012, June). “Mother-to-virtual-mother: Changing Canadian communities and the online networking experiences of women with postpartum depression.” The 47th Annual Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University / University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, May 29-June 2, 2012.


Parry, D.C, Glover, T.D., & Mulcahy, C.M. (2011, October). Home alone: The impact of online social networking in mothers’ social isolation. Book of abstracts from the ANZALS conference, New Zealand.


Parry, D.C., Glover, T.D., Mulcahy, C.M. (2011, October). Cyber mummies, healthy mummies: The roles of online social networking sites in mothers’ health. Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, BC.


Glover, T.D., Parry, D.C. & Mulcahy, C.M. (2011, May). “The complex tension between emancipatory and discriminatory practices in social spaces that provide complementary care to people living with cancer.” The Thirteenth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, May 18-21, 2011.


Mulcahy, C.M. & Parry, D.C. (2010, May). “Rude awakenings: Easing the transition to motherhood through first time parenting groups.” The Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, May 26-29, 2010.


Mulcahy, C.M. & Mulcahy, M.C. (2009, June). “Searching for the memories our mother kept for us: A dialogic, autoethnographic narrative of two sisters’ experiences with family memory and genetic disease.” International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Family Research Seminar: Families and Memories, Oslo, Norway, June 15-17, 2009.


Mulcahy, C.M., Parry, D.C., & Glover, T.D. (2009, May). “Mapping the journey: Cancer narratives and the need for navigation.” The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, May 20-23, 2009.


Mulcahy, C.M. & Verberg, N. (2008, October). “Set in stone: Contested tourism spaces and the commemoration of the Westray Mine Disaster.” Paper presented at the 10th World Leisure Congress, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, October 6-10, 2008.


Mulcahy, C.M. (2008, May). “Under lock and key: Reproducing and resisting dominant gender discourse through women’s diaries.” Paper presented at the Twelfth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 13-16, 2008


University of Waterloo “Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies” Award (2013)

Doctoral Ontario Women’s Health Scholar Award (2011-2012)

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2007-2011)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2006-2007)

SSHRC Master’s Level (2005-2006)

National Millennium Scholarship for Leadership, Innovation, and Community Development (2003-2005)