Position: Assistant Professor
Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler
Office Room: H-200
Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5
Office Phone: 514-398-4400 ext 09670
Lab Room: H-207
LabPhone: 514-398-4400 ext 09670
Melissa [dot] Park [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
BA History of Art ~ Yale University
MA Occupational Therapy ~ University of Southern California
PhD Occupational Science ~ University of Southern California
Postdoc Fellowships (multi-perspectival ethnography: event-based & systems change focus)
~ University of Southern California
~ University of California at Los Angeles-Semel Institute
~ Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm SE
~ OCC1-551 Psychosocial Practice in Occupational Therapy
~ OCC1-618 Applied Theories in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
Dr Park’s research interests emerged from her clinical practice working with children & adolescents diagnosed with autism and their families; and an ethnographic study using a conceptual framework on narrative to ask, “How do clinicians/professionals and persons with illness and/or lifelong disability and their families connect in those gaps between experiential worlds.” A focus on the in-between (e.g., providers, patients, their social networks in particular institutions) brackets the critical, but more elusive or difficult to capture, extra-linguistic relational aspects of rehabilitation that impact therapeutic processes and outcomes (e.g. cultural processes, imagination, bodily-sensing). Her current research trajectory focuses on transdisciplinary and international collaborations on methods, clinical reasoning, and forms of knowledge translation (formal and informal) of these multiple perspective processes impacting care. Current international projects include: “Partnering-up between persons with serious mental disorders and care professionals: An Innovative integration of methods for cross-sectional, cross-cultural study of connectedness and the therapeutic relationship,” Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm SE in collaboration with Trondheim University College NO.
Clinical reasoning, cultural diversity, connectedness, aesthetics, chronic and long-term illness and disability experiences, embodiment, ethnographic and mixed-methods.
Park, Melissa M. (2005). Narrative practices of intersubjectivity: An ethnography of children with autism in a sensory integration based occupational therapy clinic. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Southern California, US - California. (No. AAT 3196871). [link]
Erikson, A., Park, M., & Tham, K. (accepted August 2010,). Belonging: A qualitative, longitudinal study of what matters for persons with stroke during one year of rehabilitations. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Park, M. (2010). Beyond calculus: Apple-apple-apple-ike and other embodied pleasures for a child diagnosed with autism in a sensory integration based clinic. Disability Studies Quarterly: Special Topic: Autism and Neurodiversity, 30(1). http://www.dsq-sds.org/issue/view/43
Johansson, K., Lilja, M., Park, M., & Josephsson, S. (2010). "Balancing the good: A critical discourse analysis of home modification services in Sweden." Sociology of Health & Illness 32(4): 563-582.
Erikson, A., Park, M., & Tham, K. (2010). Place reintegration through daily activities: One year of rehabilitation after stroke. OTJR, Occupation, Participation and Health, 30(2), 68-77.
Park, M. (2008). Making scenes: Imaginative practices for a child with autism in an occupational therapy session. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 22(3), 234–256. (Recognition: Steven Polgar Paper, Society of Medical Anthropology).