Dawn Trussell, PhD

Associate Professor, Sport Management

Office: STH 451
905 688 5550 x4580

My transdisciplinary research examines the socio-cultural aspects of performance in sport and leisure in the lives of children, youth, and families, with an aim to build more inclusive communities.

I seek to understand issues of power and social inclusion with a focus on concepts such as stigmatization, disadvantaged identities and the implications on mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

My work has a social justice orientation to enact positive social change and is funded by Sport Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I have served as the Vice-President/Treasurer for the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies since 2014.

  • Youth sport, diverse family structures, and sense of community.
  • Issues of social justice and equity related to sport/leisure experiences.
  • Methodological and ethical issues in research design.

Books and Contributions to Edited Books (past 6 years)

*represents student mentoring

Trussell, D. E., Apgar, J., & *Kovac, L. (In press). Online qualitative methods: Confronting new possibilities and challenges within a social justice perspective. In D. Parry, C. Johnston, & S. Fulgar (eds.) Digital dilemmas: Transforming gender identities and power relations in everyday life. Springer.

Trussell, D. E., Jeanes, R., & Such, L. (Eds.) (2018). Revisiting family leisure research: Critical reflections on the future of family-centered scholarship. New York: Routledge.

Trussell, D. E. (2016). Family leisure. In G. Walker, D. Scott, & M. Stodolska (Eds.), Leisure matters: The state and future of leisure studies (pp. 191-199). State College, PA: Venture.

Trussell, D. E. (2013). Sport and community. In R. E. McCarville & K. J. MacKay (Eds.), Leisure for Canadians (2nd Ed) (pp. 25-31). State College, PA: Venture.

Trussell, D. E. (2013). Youth sport: Visible dads, hidden moms, and gendered children. In V. Freysinger, S. Shaw, K. Henderson, & D. Bialeschki (Eds.), Leisure, Women, and Gender  (pp. 311-323). State College, PA: Venture.

Papers in Peer-Refereed Journals (past 6 years):

* represents student mentoring

Paterson, S., Hebblethwaite, S., Trussell, D., *Evans, M., & *Xing, T. (in press). I am more than a mom: Stories of parental leave during the transition to motherhood in Canada. Social Policy & Administration, doi: 10.1111/spol.12472

Trussell, D. E. (2018). Families as agents of social change and justice in communities through leisure and sport experiencesAnnals of Leisure Research, 21(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2017.1407661  *Invited commentary.

*Petty, L., & Trussell, D. E., (2018). Experiences of identity development and sexual stigma for lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people in sport: ‘Just survive until you can be who you are’Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 10(2), 176-189. doi: 10.1080/2159676x.2017.1393003

Trussell, D. E., Kovac, L., & Apgar, J. (2018). LGBTQ parents’ experiences of community youth sport: Change your forms, change your (hetero) normsSport Management Review, 21(1), 51-62. doi: 10.1016/j.smr.2017.03.003

*Petty, L., Engel, J., Salfi, J., & Trussell, D. E. (2018). Food, body function and leisure for midlife women: “If I partake in that, I will suffer consequences.” Leisure Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2018.1483849

Trussell, D. E., Jeanes, R., & Such, L. (2017). Revisiting family leisure research and critical reflections on the future of family-centred scholarshipLeisure Sciences, 39(5), 385-399. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2017.1333059

Trussell, D. E., Paterson, S., Hebblethwaite, S., Xing, T., & Evans, M. (2017). Negotiating the complexities and risks of an interdisciplinary qualitative research projectInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods, 16, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/1609406917711351

Trussell, D. E. (2017). Parents’ leisure, LGB young people and “when we were coming out”. Leisure Sciences, 39(1), 42-58. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2016.1151844

Paterson, S., Trussell, D., Hebblewaite, S., *Evans, M, & *Xing, T. (2016). Playing with motherhood: The politics of leisure and the transition to motherhood in Montreal and Toronto. Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue Canadienne de Politique Sociale, 74, 109-144.

Trussell, D. E. (2016). Young people’s perspectives of parent volunteerism in community youth sport. Sport Management Review. 16, 332-342. doi: 10.1016/j.smr.2015.09.001

Trussell, D. E., *Xing, T., & *Oswald, A. (2015). Family leisure and the coming out process for LGB young people and their parents. Annals of Leisure Research, 18(3), 323-341. doi. 10.1080/11745398.2015.1075224

*Kovac, L., & Trussell, D. E. (2015). ‘Classy and never trashy’: Young women’s experiences of nightclubs and the construction of gender and sexuality. Leisure Sciences, 37, 195-209. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2014.986347

Trussell, D. E. (2015). Pinstripes and breast pumps: Navigating the tenure-motherhood-track. Leisure Sciences, 37, 160-175. doi:10.1080/01490400.2014.980590

Trussell, D. E. (2014). Dancing in the margins: Reflections on social justice and researcher identities. Journal of Leisure Research, 46(3), 342-352.

Trussell, D. E. (2014). Contradictory aspects of organized youth sport: Challenging and fostering sibling relationships and participation experiences. Youth & Society, 46(6), 801-818. doi: 10.1177/0044118X12453058

Trussell, D. E., & Shaw, S. M. (2012). Organized youth sport and parenting in public and private spaces. Leisure Sciences, 34(5), 377-394.

  • Child and Youth Work in Community Recreation
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Gender, Leisure and Families
  • Current Issues in Community Recreation
  • Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Youth Culture, Leisure and Sport Engagement
  • Advanced Qualitative Analysis

External grants

Trussell, D. (PI), & Kerwin, S. (Co-Applicant). (2019-present). More than child’s play, it’s a family affair: Board member, parent, and family life identity in community youth sport. Sport Canada/SSHRC Joint Initiative.

Trussell, D. (PI), & Kerwin, S. (Co-Applicant). (2018-present). More than child’s play, it’s a family affair: Board member, parent, and family life identity in community youth sport. SSHRC Insight Grant.

Hebblethwaite, S. (PI), Trussell, D., & Paterson, S. (Co-Applicants). (2016-present). Playing with Motherhood: A Longitudinal Study. SSHRC Insight Grant.

Trussell, D. (PI), & Newmeyer, T. (2013-2017). ‘What team do you play for?’: Examining the intersection of gender and sexuality in organized youth sport for families of same-sex parents. SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

Paterson, S. (PI), Hebblethwaite, S., & Trussell, D. (Co-Applicants). (2013-2016). The “state” of motherhood in Canada: The politics of leisure in the transition to motherhood. SSHRC Insight Development Grant.