Melissa Park

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

514-398-4400 Ext 09670
Email address: 
melissa.park [at]
Associate Professor

Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Occupational Therapy, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SE (2008-2009)

Postdoctoral Associate, National Institute of Mental Health: MHSA System Transformation & Clinical Care Study, University of California at Los Angeles (2007-2008)

Postdoctoral Associate, National Institute of Health: Boundary Crossings: Re-situating Cultural Competence (#R01 HD03887805), University of Southern California (2005-2007)

PhD in Occupational Science, University of Southern California

MA in Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California

BA in Art History, Yale

Teaching areas: 

Narrative rehabilitation, clinical reasoning and body-based approaches in mental health (OCC1-551, OCC1-618), Narrative-phenomenological methods for social accountability (POTH-618)

Current research: 
  • aesthetics, chronic and long-term illness and disability experiences, clinical reasoning, connectedness, embodiment, ethics, ethnographic and mixed-methods, hermeneutic mixed methods, mental health, phenomenology, social Inclusion, vulnerable populations

Interfacing Biomusic and Autism: What are the everyday ethics of representing the physiology of what moves us? (2017, SSHRC, PI)

Moving-with & tuning-in: A participatory mixed methods study to foster social Inclusion of individuals with dementia and carers (2016-, CIHR, Co-PI)

Moving-with autism: A participatory mixed methods study of attunement across neurodiversity (2017, McGill SSHD)

Catalyst Grant in Ethics~A mixed qualitative study on the ethics of transforming care: Examining the development and implementation of Canada's first mental health strategy (2015-, CIHR, PI)

Transforming mental health services: A participatory mixed methods study to promote and evaluate the implementation of recovery-oriented care (2013-, CIHR, PI)

Professional activities: 

Additional appointments:

Associate Faculty, Department of Family Medicine, McGill

Associate researcher, Participatory Research at McGill (PRAM)

Chercheur régulier/Researcher, 50% CRIR & 50% Lady Davis Institute

Associate researcher, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit (CMHRU), Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, JGH, CIUSSS-Centre Ouest


Selected publications: 

Greco,* V., Lambert, H., & Park, M. (2016). Being visible: PhotoVoice as assessment for children in a school-based psychiatric setting. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Greco, V.*, Lambert, H., & Park, M. (2016). Capturing the child’s perspective: A review of self-report measures used with children 32(3), 228-244. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

Lee, K.*, Wittich, W., Kehayia, E., & Park, M. (2016). The use of movement-based interventions with children diagnosed with autism for psychosocial outcomes - A Scoping review[mp1] . Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 24, 52-56.

Park, M., Lencucha, R., Mattingly, C., Zafran, H., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2015). A qualitative study on the ethics of transforming care: examining the development and implementation of Canada’s first mental health strategy. Implementation Science.

Park, M., Zafran, H., Stewart, J., Salsberg, J., Ells, C., Rouleau, S., Estein, O., Valente, T. (2014). Transforming mental health services: a participatory mixed methods study to promote and evaluate the implementation of recovery-oriented services. Implementation Science, 9(1), 119.

Schwartz, R., Estein, O., Komaroff, J., Lamb, J., Myers, M., Stewart, J., Vacaflor, L., Park, M. (2013). Mental health consumers and providers dialogue in an institutional setting: A participatory approach to promoting recovery-oriented care. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 36(2), 113-115.

Park, M. (2012). Pleasure, Throwing Breaches, and Embodied Metaphors: Tracing Transformation-in-Participation for a Child With Autism to Sensory Integration-Based Therapy Session. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 32 (1 Suppl), S34-S4.

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, Special Topic: Autism and Neurodiversity. Disability Studies Quarterly, 30(1).

Park, M. (2008). Making scenes: Imaginative practices for a child with autism in an occupational therapy session. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 22(3), 234–256 [Steven Polgar Paper Prize].