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Leslie Waghorn

Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she's now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she's a freelance health communication professional and by night she’s the founder and editor-in-chief of

Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Sexting and Child Abuse Allegations

By August 30, 2016 No Comments

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours (and if you have been, can I join you please?) you’ve likely heard that married former congressman and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has been caught sexting for a third time. Subsequently his wife, Clinton advisor Huma Abedin, has announced she has […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Get Out The Vote!

By and April 7, 2016 No Comments

Here at The Scientific Parent, in addition to our trusty pack of hamsters on wheels that power the lights, there are just two of us making the blogging magic happen. We are a self-funded and nearly full-time operation, which means everything you see and enjoy comes out of Leslie and Julia’s own pockets and time. […]

Categories: Announcements

Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, But That’s Not the Point

By March 7, 2016 27 Comments

 When I was studying vaccine safety communication in grad school, I didn’t really think about autism as being a part of the conversation. That correlation had been disproved so thoroughly time and time again, I thought about autism only in a statistical sense. I thought of it in terms of t-tests and chi-squares. Yes, I […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines

Mulder vs. Scully Point-Counterpoint

By and February 22, 2016 No Comments

  Leslie and Julia both grew up watching the X-Files, which helped influence their careers both in journalism and in public health.  With the recent revival of the show in a six part mini-series on Fox, they’ve discovered that the show affected them in different ways.  Leslie viewed herself in the 90s more as a […]

Categories: Faith + Beliefs, Science 101 + Mythbusting