Articles by Denise Ma, Ph.D.

Denise is a clinical psychologist currently residing in Toronto, Ontario with her family. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and yoga. Outside of being a full-time psychologist, Denise is also a mother to a colourful and energetic kindergartener. She is often arm-deep in little human paraphernalia, and painfully tripping over Lego pieces.

Starting a Family During Grad School

Starting a Family During Grad School

Between running studies for your research, trying to get enough clinical hours, classes, comprehensive examinations, supervising undergraduates, lab meetings, teaching assistance-ships, and many other graduate school demands, it is sometimes a great accomplishment to squeeze in a few moments for lunch.

There is a general tacit agreement amongst graduate students and oftentimes, their supervisors, that achieving work-life balance is hard enough given the demanding schedules of graduate school; but achieving work-life-and-family balance can feel near impossible. Although it may be challenging, it is not impossible.