Tanya Park, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Pronouns: She/her


Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-9109
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




  • PhD, James Cook University, Australia (2011)
  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, James Cook University, Australia (2006)
  • Masters in Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2005)
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, James Cook University (1998)
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science, James Cook University (1996)

In July 2014 I moved to Edmonton from Australia to join the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.

My nursing practice includes both clinical and academic experiences. My clinical experiences include private and public settings (in rural, remote and urban centres) in general nursing, mental health nursing, and midwifery settings including crisis, community and emergency mental health services. My academic experience started in 2005 when I joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition at James Cook University, Queensland. I have had the opportunity to teach with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I have held a variety of teaching and administration roles in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition at JCU including Tutor, Subject Coordinator, Clinical Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Deputy Head of School.

In 2011 I completed a PhD investigating the effects of a healthy lifestyle program on weight gain for people with serious mental illness. This study resulted in two additional studies investigating the experience of weight gain from the perspective of the person and the family.

My research and teaching interests reflect my clinical background and include mental health nursing, women's health, issues affecting the mentally ill, particularly living well with schizophrenia across the lifespan and nursing education. 


My program of research focuses on understanding and supporting what it means to live well with a chronic and persistent mental illness like schizophrenia. My research activities inform the improvement of mental health care to best support living with a mental illness. 

I currently supervise Honors, Master and Ph.D. students in Canada and Australia, in the areas of mental health, mental health nursing and education issues for nursing and nursing students. 


INT D 222 - Indigenous Health in Canada

This course is offered in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and is the beginning step to culturally safe interaction and practice. Focus is on introducing students to a variety of historical realities and contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous health in Canada. Students will examine issues and contributions facing settler relations from a historical, contemporary and critical perspective, with a focus on health and well-being. Note: Priority will be given to students in health science programs where this is a required course. Not to be taken if credit received for NURS 222.

NURS 597 - Understanding Complex Systems

Explore the complex nature of nursing practice in the context of evolving healthcare systems, including fiscal, policy and regulatory environments. Emphasis is placed on models of care delivery, relationships within and between systems, and issues of health inequity, gender, culture, and bias.

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Scholarly Activities

Other - Associate Editor

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing - Wiley Online Library

IF 5.100

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing


Domestic violence and immigrant women: a glimpse behind a veiled door.

Author(s): T Park, A Mullins, N Zahir, B Salami, G Lasiuk, K Hegadoren
Publication Date: 1/28/2021
Publication: Violence Against Women
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1077801220984174

A Methodological Review of Quality of Life Scales Used in Schizophrenia Authors Tanya Park, Samia Hirani Publication date 2020/12/17 Source Journal of Nursing Measurement

Author(s): Tanya Park, Samia Hirani
Publication Date: 12/17/2020
Publication: Journal of Nursing Measurement
External Link: https://connect.springerpub.com/content/sgrjnm/early/2020/12/17/jnm-d-18-00053.abstract

Working at the intersection of palliative end-of-life and mental health care: provider perspectives

Author(s): Tanya Park, Kathy Hegadoren, Bernadette Workun
Publication Date: 8/18/2020
Publication: Journal Journal of Palliative Care
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0825859720951360

Methodological challenges faced in doing research with vulnerable women: Reflections from fieldwork experiences

Author(s): Onouma Thummapol, Tanya Park, Margot Jackson, Sylvia Barton
Publication Date: 5/2/2019
Publication: International Journal of Qualitative Methods
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1609406919843022

An educational program for mental health nurses and community health workers from Pacific Island countries: Results from a pilot study

Author(s): Usher K, Park T, Trueman S, Redman-MacLaren M, Casella E, Woods C
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Conducting a grounded theory study in a language other than English: procedures for ensuring the integrity of translation

Author(s): Nurjannah I, Mills J, Park T, Usher K
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: AGE Open

Supporting Australian Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal nursing students using mentoring circles: an action research study

Author(s): Mills J, Felton-Busch C, Park T, Maza K, Mills F, Ghee M, Hitchins M, Chamberlain-Salaun J, Neuendorff N
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Higher Education Research & Development