Research: Denise Whitehead


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Denise Whitehead
Assistant Professor
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Educational Background:

B.A. (Sociology), University of Western Ontario 1989


J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University 1992


M.Sc.(Family Relations & Human Development), University of Guelph 2004


Ph.D. (Family Relations & Human Development), University of Guelph 2012


Member of the Bar of Ontario, Law Society of Upper Canada 1994

Research Activity:

Journal Articles

Whitehead, D.L. (2015). Is shared custody the 'alchemy' of family law? Canadian Family Law Quarterly.

Ashbourne, L. M., Whitehead, D. L., & Hawkins, L. (2013). Orienting services to separated/divorced fathers: A conceptual framework. Family Court Review, 51(4), 666-680.

Whitehead, D. L. (2010). Divorcing parenting from child support: Justice and care in the discourse of the rights and responsibilities of shared custody. Fathering: A Journal of Research, Theory & Practice8(2), 147-162.

Books and Chapters

Whitehead, D.L. & Hunter, M. (forthcoming in 2018). Youth in Conflict with the Law, 4th Edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Whitehead, D. L. & Bala, N. (December, 2012). The short end of the stick? Fatherhood in the wake of separation and divorce. In J. Ball & K. Daly (Eds.), Father Involvement in Canada: Contested Terrain. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press.

Korabik, K., Lero, D. S., & Whitehead, D. L. (Eds). (2008). The handbook of work-family integration: Theories, perspectives & best practices. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Whitehead, D. L. (2008). Historical trends in work-family: The evolution of earning and caring. In K. Korabik, D. S. Lero & D. L. Whitehead (Eds.), The handbook of work-family integration: Theories, perspectives & best practices (pp. 13-35). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Research Reports

Whitehead, D. L. & Lero, D. S. (2014, May). Supporting caregivers of people living with episodic disabilities. Literature review available at

Lero, D. S., Ashbourne, L. M., & Whitehead, D. L. (April, 2006). Inventory of policies and policy areas influencing father involvement. Available at

Invited Presenter

Whitehead, D. L. & Bala, N. Shared Parenting Arrangments. For the National Judicial Institute on behalf of the Trial and Appellate Judges of the Atlantic Provices. St. Andrews, New Brunswick: October 20, 2017.

Whitehead, D. L. "Voice of the Child" at the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts AGM - Navagating the Steps to Family Resolution: New Directions in a State of Uncertainty. Toronto, ON: October 21, 2016.

Whitehead, D. L. Divorced Dads and Their Children: Dollars & Sense. At the Annual Diversity Conference, Family Responsibility Office (FRO), Ministry of Community and Social Services. Toronto, ON: October 1, 2015.

Whitehead, D. L. Issues in Shared Parenting: Law and Research. To the Provincial Judges of the Nova Scotia Family Courts. May 28, 2015.

Whitehead, D. L. Invited presenter at the Ontario Court of Judicial Development Institute on Issues in Shared Parenting. Toronto, ON: January 15, 2015.

Conference Presentations

Steffler, A. & Whitehead, D.L. What some women want: A qualitative study on women and polyamory. Guelph Sexuality Conference. Guelph, ON: June 23, 2017.

Whitehead, D.L. Support for caregivers of individuals with episodic disabilities. Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies Symposium. St. Jerome’s, Waterloo: March 20th, 2015.

Sadowski, C. & Whitehead, D. L. (May 29, 2014). Parent and child perspectives of shared parenting: Fairness and equality. Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Toronto, ON: May 28-31, 2014.

Whitehead, D. L.  Topic: What adult children of divorce have to say. Invited presenter and panel speaker at Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter. Toronto, ON: October 19, 2012.

Sadowski, C. & Whitehead, D. L. Applying an attachment lens to children’s experiences of joint residential custody. Presentation at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Chicago, IL: June 6-9, 2012.

Conference Poster Presentations

Whitehead, D.L., Lero, D.S., & Yates, T. (June 19-21, 2014). Support for Family/Friend Caregivers of Individuals with Episodic Disabilities. Work & Family Research Network, Annual Conference. New York City.

Other Media

Divorce Source Radio (Internet based radio) (November 14, 2012). Interview with Deborah Moskovitch and Steve Peck about children’s experiences of shared custody. Available for downloading at